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Abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms are a result of a widening, stretching or ballooning of the aorta, the body’s largest artery that extends from the heart to the abdomen. Causes can include injury, infection or weakening of the artery wall. Ruptured aneurysms occur in approximately five out of 10,000 people. This is a medical emergency that results in profuse bleeding with less than 50 percent of aneurysm victims surviving.
The surgeons at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center offer minimally invasive procedures to repair abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms before they rupture.