Abdominal aortic aneurysmOverview
An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a bulge or swelling in the aorta, the main blood vessel that runs from the heart down through the chest and tummy.
An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the main blood vessel running from your heart to your tummy. It can be dangerous if it's not spotted early.
There are usually no early symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. A screening test can spot an aneurysm if you're at risk of them.
Things that increase your risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm include being a man over 65, smoking and having high blood pressure.
Treatment for an abdominal aortic aneurysm is usually only needed if there's a risk it could burst. Large aneurysms can be treated with surgery.
Treatments for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
You can reduce your risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm with a healthy lifestyle, such as eating healthily, cutting down on alcohol and not smoking.
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