Magazine article Ebony

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Magazine article Ebony

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

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Q I'm 43 years old and, until recently, I had not heard about abdominal aneurysms. Sadly, my uncle was an unexpected victim of the condition that caused his death almost immediately. People need to know that this is a serious condition. Can you give me some background about this condition and who is likely to become a victim?

T. W., Cincinnati

A Unfortunately, there are many other people who experienced the same fate as your uncle, and were victims of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Statistics indicate that ruptured aortic aneurysm is the 15th-leading cause of death in the U.S. and occurs in 1 of 20 older men.

An aortic aneurysm occurs when the aorta, the large blood vessel that carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body, ruptures and results in life-threatening bleeding. Doctors say the condition is a silent threat because a weak spot in the aorta bulges, many times undetected, and grows very slowly until it bursts. …

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