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More about Rapture of the abdominal aorta

The abdominal aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body. It is roughly the width of a garden hose. It transports oxygen-rich blood away from the heart to the rest of the body.

It runs in a straight line down from the heart, through the chest and abdomen before branching off into a network of smaller blood vessels.

In most cases, an abdominal aortic aneurysm causes no noticeable symptoms and does not pose a serious threat to health.

However, there’s a risk that a larger aneurysm could burst open (rupture). A ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can cause massive internal bleeding, which is usually fatal. Four out of five people with a ruptured aortic aneurysm will die as a result.

The most common symptom of a ruptured aortic aneurysm is sudden and severe pain in the abdomen.

If you suspect that you or someone else has had a ruptured aneurysm, call 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.

Read more about the symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Source: The NHS

Health benefits of fruits exhibited in a new Swedish study - Fruit protect from aneurysm

Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Eating at least a few pieces of fruit a day reduces the risk of rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysms, a new Swedish study show, throwing more light into the value of fruits as a healthy living enhancer.

People who eat more fruits a day suffer less from rupture of the aorta in the abdomen, a Swedish study show.

Illustration of abdominal aortic aneurysm
1. aorta
2. heart
3. aortic aneurysm
4. aorta leading away from the heart
5. kidney
Source: NHS

The researchers in the Swedish study followed 80,000 middle-aged and older women and men in central Sweden, since the late 1990s and found that the participants who ate more than two fruits a day ran 25 percent lower risk of arterial aneurysms in the abdomen.

"Our results suggest that a protective effect against aortic aneurysm in the abdomen is another health benefit of a diet with plenty of fruits," says Professor Martin Bjorck at University teaching Hospital surgical clinic, Karolinska Institute to the news site UNT.SE.

The risk of life-threatening ruptured arterial aneurysms was also 43 percent lower for those who consumed fruits the study say.

However, the study showed that vegetables did not contribute to the reduction of the risk for the same type of hernia.
A ruptured hernia in the carotid artery is life threatening, and about three out of four victims die.
The study is published in the scientific journal Circulation.
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