Aortic Aneurysm in Dallas, TX
Characteristics of the Aorta
The largest artery in the human body is called the aorta. Its function is to carry oxygenated blood from the left ventricle of the heart to vital organs throughout the body. It is also responsible for preventing blood from flowing backward into the heart in between beats.
The aorta consists of four basic sections: the ascending aorta, aortic arch, descending thoracic aorta and abdominal aorta. The entire artery extends from the heart to the abdomen and arches through the chest region as well.
Whenever the wall of this artery becomes weakened, it can grow larger and eventually burst, thereby causing an aortic aneurysm. This is an extremely serious condition that requires immediate medical attention; otherwise, it has the potential to be deadly. Even if an aneurysm does not cause immediate death, it can nonetheless lead to blood clots that could later cause a heart attack or stroke.
Even though the mortality rate for aortic aneurysms has declined in recent years, it nonetheless results in the death of around four out of every 100,000 people in the United States. Improvements in the early diagnosis and treatment of these aneurysms are credited with the decline in mortality rates; however, the fact that a good number of people still die from them each year shows that there is much more work to be done in this area.
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