The largest artery in the abdomen is the abdominal aorta. The abdominal aorta supplies blood to the tissues and organs of the abdomen, legs and pelvis. The abdominal aorta extends or is an extension of the thoracic aorta to form the major arteries of the abdomen. The abdominal aorta is responsible for sending oxygenated blood to organs and tissues to the abdomen, pelvis and lower parts of the body. This oxygenated blood provides the necessary nutrients for metabolism of healthy cells in the body. Over time the aorta in the abdomen may become weakened and in doing so it is known to widen or create a bulge. This bulge can eventually rupture and is life threatening. Atherosclerosis, which is a term for plaque buildup in the arteries that weakens the aortic wall can be a cause of abdominal aortic aneurysms. Hypertension or elevated blood pressure is another factor that needs to be considered. Why? This all has to do with an abdominal artery that has gone completely out of shape. Well, when the heart is under great pressure and blood is being pumped through it and into the blood vessels and aorta, the pressure of the blood that constantly flows through to the artery walls has an effect on them. When water flows gently people can surf with little to no problem, but when a wave of water becomes rough it will making surfing all the more difficult. Hmm, perhaps a way to ensure a decrease in the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm's is to ensure that blood pressure medication is being monitored adequately. Especially in people who have either been on blood pressure medications for a long while and who are known to have high blood pressure, precautions are needed to make sure that the medication is not putting too much pressure on the aortic walls of the aorta. An ultrasound of the abdomen can visualize the abdominal aorta. But what about blood circulation, isn't that included as part of blood pressure? I would say so as the term used would be duplex ultrasound, because the blood flow or how fast it flows, and the measurement of blood vessels to determine of there are any obstructions or aortic damage. If a weakened aorta is found during this examination, it is imperative to get medical treatment immediately. A duplex ultrasound is also needed to evaluate how well medications for hypertension are responding to the body. You may say ok, my blood pressure seemed fine a while ago or as you take it each day. But your blood pressure may fluctuate especially when you're under stress so although you take medication to reduce the amount of stress regarding the pressure it puts upon it during blood flow, the medication may not always be able to adjust to that pressure. So when you take a medication for blood pressure, the medications are not engineered to keep your blood flow at an always constant and safe pressure. This is why blood pressure levels are not the same. When blood circulation is measured and the health of the aorta can be determined then a physician will know overall if a blood pressure medication dosage is adequate enough. Did I say engineering? Medications or at least blood pressure medications need to be engineered according to the pressure of blood that is being flowed through to the artery walls. So when the pressure or blood flow is not under pressure or duress, the medication that is released into the blood stream is very little, and when the body is under immense pressure more medication is released, by chemical engineering we need blood pressure medications that respond to an individuals heart beat or heart rate and blood flow. Therefore, the medication can be dormant in the body and won't be activated until the pressure or heart beat or rate and blood flow releases an adequate dosage of medication to prevent the blood pressure from being too high or even too low. Over time inadequate medication dosages may contribute to problems of the aorta, and that's doing something in order!
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