An aortic aneurysm is an abnormal, balloon-like swelling in the aorta, which is the body’s largest artery. The aorta originates from the heart, makes a U-turn in the upper chest and ends around the umbilical area, with branches of artery supplying the whole body with oxygenated blood.
The best way to prevent or to slow the growth of aortic aneurysms is by leading a healthy lifestyle, such as engaging in the following healthy activities:
Doctors will conduct a thorough physical examination, such as checking for high blood pressure, heart murmurs, or any pulsating lumps in the abdomen, groin or legs. An aortic aneurysm can show no symptoms until it has grown so large that it bursts, or tears within its wall. Early detection and treatment enhances survival. If large enough, an aortic aneurysm in the abdomen can be detected by a clinical examination.
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