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Enlargement of the ascending aorta indicates a weakening of the aortic wall, according to Cedars-Sinai. Often, an enlarged ascending aorta is diagnosed as an aneurysm. More »

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According to HealthCentral, the artery that runs from the heart to supply blood to the rest of the body is the aorta. Many forces in the body cause the aorta to weaken, and as it weakens, it becomes enlarged. Enlarged ao... 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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An ectatic abdominal aorta is a dilation or mild bulging of its abdominal segment, explains Cedars-Sinai. The aorta is the largest artery in the human body and extends from the heart, carrying oxygen-rich blood. The aort... More »

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When there is a tear in the aorta, before or during surgery, blood flowing through the aorta causes the inner and middle layers of the vessel to separate, explains Mayo Clinic. If the tear ultimately ruptures the outside... More »

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An aortic dissection develops when the wall of the aorta is torn, causing blood to build up between the inner and outer layers of the artery, states MedlinePlus. An aortic dissection can also cause a harmful blockage, pr... More »

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