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An Aortic aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge. It is located in the wall of the major blood vessels called the aorta. The aorta or the blood vessels carry blood from the heart through your body. Aortic aneurysm is a condition of an enlargement of the aorta causing the blood vessel to function abnormally.

An aortic aneurysm occurs if the walls of the blood vessels become weak. The pressure inside of the blood vessel causes the blood to overflow. This aneurysm can cause danger to your health

Aortic Aneurysm works in 2 different ways:

  1. The abnormal pressure of the blood inside may lead to breakage of the wall of the arteries. It allows the blood to leak between the walls of the arteries. This is known as dissection and may cause serious reason for death.
  2. Wall of the blood vessel may cause internal bleeding which is the rupture of the brain. Rupture may cause serious reason for death too.


The Aortic Aneurysm has two different types which can occur in our body.

  1. Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm – It is a weakened area in the upper part of the aorta. The Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm occurs most especially in the chest. This condition may cause by high blood-pressure or by a sudden injury. Both men and women are at risk of having this kind of condition which is likely common to increasing age.

Signs and Symptoms of Thoracic Aneurysm may experience having:

  • Pain in the chest
  • Having sudden back pain
  • A cough
  • Having trouble with breathing
  1. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm – is an enlarged area in the lower part of the aorta. The Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm occurs below the chest. This condition mostly happens than the thoracic aortic aneurysm.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm mostly happens in men among the age of 65 and older. This condition is caused by the thickness of the aorta. A ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can cause a life-threatening and a serious internal bleeding.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm doesn’t have any symptoms. But if the symptoms occur the symptoms include:

  • Having a deep pain in the abdomen or on the side of the abdomen
  • Experiencing pain in buttocks, legs, and groin
  • Having a back pain
  1. Other Types of Aneurysm – this can occur in different parts of the body. A ruptured aneurysm occurs in the brain and can lead a person to stroke.

A Peripheral Aneurysm – this is found in the arteries. It occurs in the neck, groin, and behind the knees.


The risk factors of aortic aneurysm are the following:

  • A person with high blood pressure
  • Having a high cholesterol level
  • A person having hardened arteries or Atherosclerosis
  • Smoker

Being unhealthy may have a risk of having an aortic aneurysm especially people who have the disease listed above.  Anyone with Marfan syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome may have a higher risk of having an Aortic Aneurysm.


There are two ways to treat a person with an Aortic Aneurysm. These are the surgery and medication. Prescribed medicine can lower your high blood pressure and cholesterol level. These may help you lower your risk of having this condition. If the symptoms persist you may consult a doctor for a surgery.