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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Updated on May 14, 2010

The abdominal aorta is one of the largest arteries in the human body and its function is to take oxygenated blood from the heart to all the organs of the body, via the blood vessels. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is medically considered an emergency life threatening condition. The treatment of an abdominal aortic aneurysm is surgical when the condition is at a very high risk of rupture. The surgical procedure for a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm is known as grafting. This is when the part of the aorta where the aneurysm is, is removed and replaced with synthetically developed tubing.

When there is a considerable weakness in a blood vessel wall, a bulge can be easily created inside the blood vessel and this is known as an aneurysm. The bloods pressure within a blood vessel can increase the bulge of a blood vessel substantially. This condition does not always have specific reasoning to its cause but there are high risk factors that can relate or help cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The high risk factors include a genetic history of aneurysms, hypertension (high blood pressure) and smoking.

If an abdominal aortic aneurysm splits or ruptures, surgery is necessary to stop internal bleeding and save a life. If diagnosed with this condition, it is always advisable to seek medical attention for any and all types of pain and illnesses as there is a high mortality risk with this condition.

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      Jeni Burdett 7 years ago from U.K.

      Sorry to hear about your brother lumarie and a big thank-you for your complimenting words. Hasta luego! Spirit Believer

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      lumarie 7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      My brother died from this illness.Check out my hub at http://hubpages.com/hub/t/19e8c6. Very informative. I like your user name. Hasta luego! lumarie

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      Michael Jay 7 years ago

      Great hub! Simple yet informative. Thanks for sharing this.--Michael Jay