Aortic dissection is a rare but serious condition where there is a tear in the innermost wall of the aorta — the largest artery in the body.
This is a heart condition in which a section of the aorta, an important blood vessel, is narrowed. Aortic coarctation mainly affects newborn babies.
An aneurysm is a bulge or weakness in a blood vessel. Small aortic aneurysms don’t need to be treated, but larger ones will need surgery in case they burst.
Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve, a one-way door leading out of the heart, narrows — making it hard for the heart to pump blood through.
This condition affects tissue that strengthens and stabilises joints and muscles. People with Marfan syndrome are often tall and long-limbed.
The heart pumps blood around the body to supply tissues with nutrition and oxygen. Find out about how it works and a number of health problems related to the heart.
Your body's circulatory system comprises the blood, heart and blood vessels. It moves oxygen and nutrients around the body, and removes carbon dioxide. Find out more, including about the problems that can occur.
An aneurysm is a bulge in an artery or vein caused by a weakened vessel wall. Learn about the types of aneurysm, its symptoms and how it's treated.
Underlying causes of abdominal pain
There are many different causes of abdominal pain. Some cause short-term pain, some cause long-term pain or pain that comes and goes (recurring pain) and others cause sudden and severe pain.