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An enlarged aorta can be caused by aortic disease, which has many subtypes. Aortic disease comes in many forms including aortic arch aneurysms, aortic dissection and aortic valve disease. More »

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The exact cause of an enlarged abdominal aorta, also known as an abdominal aortic aneurysm, is unknown but the condition is linked to infection, tobacco use and hardening of the arteries, according to Mayo Clinic. The en... More »

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An enlarged aorta is enlargement or bulging in the wall of the aorta, which is the largest blood vessel of the body that extends from the heart. This medical condition is also referred to as an aortic aneurysm, according... More »

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The symptoms of an enlarged aorta include back pain, chest pain, swallowing difficulty, hoarseness, swelling, coughing, shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness and rapid pulse. An enlarged aorta leads to the formation o... More »

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Prolonging surgery for blockage of an abdominal aorta could lead to the tissues below the blockage dying due to a lack of blood and oxygen, according to Oregon Surgical Specialists. This condition is known as gangrene. A... More »

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People sometimes hear their heartbeat in their stomach because the abdominal aorta descends from the heart and into the abdomen. The abdominal aorta is the largest of the abdomen's arteries. More »

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Aortic valve surgery involves the replacement or repair of the valve that attaches the aorta to the heart, explains the Cleveland Clinic. The aortic valve is one of four, and if it becomes severely damaged surgery may be... More »

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