Aortic aneurysm: a potential killer

Published: February, 2013

Are you at increased risk for this often-symptomless disease?

The aorta is the body's largest artery—and its lifeline. The aorta carries freshly oxygenated blood from the heart down through the chest and abdomen, before dividing into the arteries that serve the legs. All organs and arteries in the body owe their survival to blood delivered through a healthy aorta.

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