Checking for Healthy Blood Flow in Your Heart
What is an Aortic Ultrasound?
An aortic ultrasound is a non-invasive, painless test that uses sound waves to create a picture of the aorta, the heart's largest blood vessel. The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to the body's abdomen, pelvis and legs. Aortic ultrasound is used to detect abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). If left untreated, AAA can be life-threatening.
What is an Abdominal Aortic Aneursym?
Abdominal aortic aneurysms occur when the lining inside of the aorta becomes enlarged and poses a threat of rupturing. The exact cause of this condition is unknown and is most commonly seen in males over 60 who have identifiable risk factors, which are outlined below.
One of the major risks for AAA is smoking. For resources on how to quit smoking and to reduce your risk of an aortic aneurysm, please visit our Stop Smoking page.