Abdominal Aorta

The abdominal aorta is the extension of the aorta into the belly.  It is the largest artery in the abdomen and feeds all the major organs as well as both lower extremities with blood flow.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

An aneurysm is an abnormal bulge in a blood vessel.  AAA is an aneurysm of the aorta in the belly. This is very common in people with high blood pressure and people who smoke.  If the bulge gets large enough it can rupture causing extreme pain and sometimes death.