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    What is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)?

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  • Dr Mayo Theivendran

    Vascular Surgeon

    Mayo grew up in Melbourne to migrant parents from Sri Lanka and attended Ivanhoe Grammar School in Melbourne. He obtained his medical degree at Monash … View Profile

    The aorta is the largest artery in your body. It runs from your heart, down through your chest, and into your abdomen. The abdominal region of the aorta is responsible for delivering blood to your legs, intestines, and kidneys. An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) occurs when the wall of the aorta progressively weakens and begins to bulge. An AAA may continue to enlarge and eventually rupture if left untreated, causing severe internal bleeding and likely death.

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