Our aorta is the biggest artery in our body which carries oxygenated blood from our heart to the rest of our body. Disease in the aorta can cause narrowing or, more commonly, abnormal dilation of the artery. Aortovascular diseases have been increasing in incidence over the years. This can be attributed to ageing population and increasing use of scans especially for screening. Two main conditions, which can be life-threatening, include aortic dissection and aortic aneurysms.
This article is from Murmurs Issue 35 (September – December 2019). Click
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