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Aneurysm, aortic

Symptoms

Most aortic aneurysms don't cause symptoms. Sometimes a doctor finds them during exams or tests done for other reasons. People who do have symptoms complain of belly or chest pain and discomfort. The symptoms may come and go or stay constant.


In the worst case, an aneurysm can burst, or rupture. This causes severe pain and bleeding. It often leads to death within minutes.

An aortic aneurysm can also lead to other problems. Blood flow often slows in the bulging section of an aortic aneurysm, causing clots to form. If a blood clot breaks off from an aortic aneurysm in the chest area, it can travel to the brain and cause a stroke. Blood clots that break off from an aortic aneurysm in the belly area can block blood flow to the belly or legs.