The aorta is the major artery carrying blood from the heart to the lower body, and around one man in twenty has an enlarged aorta. Men over the age of 65 are especially at risk of a condition known as ruptured aortic aneurysm, whereby the aorta bursts causing often fatal consequences. Aortic screening using ultrasound scans provides a quick and convenient method to alert doctors of those with the abnormal ballooning of the blood vessel.
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