Harvard Heart Letter

Bringing awareness to aneurysms in the chest

Most often, bulges in the aorta near the heart are found by accident. Should you be screened for this rare yet dangerous condition? The aorta, the bodyís largest blood vessel, arises from the heartís left pumping chamber, then curves up and over the heart in a gentle arc. In some people, a weak spot in the aortaís wall causes the vessel to bulge outward like a worn-out bicycle tire. Called a…

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