The aorta is the largest artery in the body. It is shaped like a cane and carries oxygen-rich blood away from your heart to the rest of your body. The aorta runs from your heart, through your chest, and to your abdomen where it divides to supply blood to your legs.
Aortic aneurysm, or bulge in a section of the aorta, can occur in the belly area (abdominal aortic aneurysm, or AAA) or upper body (thoracic aortic aneurysm, or TAA). Most aortic aneurysms don’t cause symptoms and are found during tests done for other reasons. Symptoms may include belly, chest or back pain. Aortic aneurysms can burst, causing severe pain and bleeding, often leading to death within minutes or hours.
Hear Steven Wiley’s full story in the video above. For more information, visit www.pinnaclehealth.org/heart or call 717-231-8900.