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 to eMedicineHealth.
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.
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 of a bulge in the aorta referred to as an aortic an...
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 enlarged area often grows slowly and may be difficul...
An enlarged aorta is referred to as an aortic aneurysm, and treatment for this condition varies, according to WebMD. Generally, an aortic aneurysm or bulge that is over 5.5 centimeters in diameter is treated surgically. A smaller aortic aneurysm is normally managed with...
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.
An aortic aneurysm is a dangerous condition associated with an enlarged aorta, according to WebMD. The aneurysm develops when a weakened section of the aorta, which carries blood from the heart to the body, bulges outward. If the aneurysm ruptures, bleeding and quick de...