The aorta extends upwards from the heart, arches, and travels downward through the chest and into the abdomen. These sections of the aorta are called the ascending aorta, aortic arch, descending thoracic aorta, and the abdominal aorta.
Symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm include severe sudden pain in the abdomen or back. Your pain may be constant and spread to your buttocks, groin area, and legs. Your legs may feel numb and sense a pulsating in your abdomen. You may feel an abdominal mass or experience abdominal rigidity. Your heart may beat rapidly when you move from a sitting to a standing position. The skin may feel clammy and you may have nausea, vomiting, and shock.
Am I at Risk
Risk factors may increase your likelihood of developing aortic aneurysm, although some people that develop the condition do not have any risk factors.
Risk factors for aortic aneurysm:
_____ Males experience more aortic aneurysms than females.
_____ Age over 60
_____ High blood pressure
_____ High cholesterol
_____ Genetic factors appear to play a role in the development of aortic aneurysm.
_____ Atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries
_____ Marfan syndrome
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