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Aortic aneurysm

Aortic aneurysm

An aneurysm is an abnormal bulge in the wall of an artery. The aorta is the main vessel which carries fresh blood from the heart to all body parts and is the commonest site of aneurysm to develop. The aorta runs from the chest and down into the abdomen. The latter is more prone to an aneurysm. The same can occur due to cholesterol deposits in the wall, hardening of the aorta, high blood pressure, trauma and syphilis. The patient may have sudden pain in the chest, abdomen and back along with a cough, difficulty to breathe and difficulty in swallowing. The weakened wall can rupture and cause a spillage of blood into body itself, resulting in dizziness, loss of consciousness or heart attack.

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