Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a condition that causes the lower part of the aorta to become enlarged, increasing the risk of a rupture. The aorta is the main supplier of blood, so a rupture could cause life-threatening bleeding. While the exact cause of an abdominal aortic aneurysm is unknown, tobacco use, trauma, genetics, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, infection, or blood vessel diseases can cause this condition. Treatment is dependent on the size and growth rate of the aortic aneurysm.