The aorta is the largest artery in our body. It is the central conduit carrying blood from the left side of our heart to the rest of our body. If that were to balloon out and rupture it's almost always fatal. Vascular Specialist Dr. Tommy Reynolds with North Central Heart what causes an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?
Vascular Specialist Dr. Tommy Reynolds with North Central Heart says, "In an abdominal aneurysm the aorta is predisposed to rupture if it gets too big. It happens after a disease of the aorta and the arteries. It's similar to what coronary artery disease does; expect that usually results in the narrowing of the arteries, when the aorta is diseases it weakens, dilates and often times gets bigger and then can burst. It usually presents with really bad back and belly pain. Those are usually the symptoms when it ruptures. Even if you were standing right beside a vascular specialist when it ruptures your survival rate is 50/50 that's why screening is so important. We do offer vascular and stroke screening at the Avera Heart Hospital call 877-AT-AVERA to make an appointment."