Medical research

Using models, 3-D printing to study common heart defect

One of the most common congenital heart defects, coarctation of the aorta (CoA) is a narrowing of the main artery transporting blood from the heart to the rest of the body. It affects more than 1,600 newborns each year in ...

Cardiology

Abdominal aortic calcification may signal future heart attack

Computed tomography (CT)-based measures of calcification in the abdominal aorta are strong predictors of heart attacks and other adverse cardiovascular events—stronger even than the widely used Framingham risk score, according ...

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Aorta

The aorta (pronounced /eɪˈɔrtə/, from Greek, aeiro, to lift up) is the largest blood vessel in the body, originating from the left ventricle of the heart and bringing oxygenated blood to all parts of the body in the systemic circulation.

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