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)

A AAA is an aneurysm (bulge) of the aorta in the belly. This is more 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.