Abdominal aortic aneurysm

A normal aorta and an abdominal aortic aneurysm

An aortic aneurysm is a stretched and bulging section in the wall of the aorta. The aorta is the large artery that carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. An abdominal aortic aneurysm happens in the section of the aorta that is in the belly.

ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

Specialist Medical Reviewer Jeffrey J. Gilbertson, MD - Vascular Surgery

Current as ofJune 4, 2016

Current as of: June 4, 2016

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Jeffrey J. Gilbertson, MD - Vascular Surgery