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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is a weakening of the artery wall resulting in a widening, stretching or "ballooning" in that area related to atherosclerosis. If left untreated, death is certain. Symptoms of flank or lower abdominal pain, syncope episodes, fainting or vomiting may be present. It is the 13th leading cause of death in most Western countries.
Talk to Your Doctor about Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. If you are a man age 65 to 75 and have ever smoked, talk with your doctor about abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).
Abdominal aortic aneurysm involves a widening, stretching, or ballooning of the aorta. There are several causes of abdominal aortic aneurysm, but the most common results from atherosclerotic disease. As the aorta gets progressively larger over time there is increased chance of rupture.
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Diagram of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
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