An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a weak spot within one of the blood vessels that carries blood from the heart to other parts of the body. A bulge will occur at this weakened spot, and when this bulge becomes large enough, it is in danger of bursting – with life-threatening consequences. This condition is surprisingly common in adults aged 65 and older, but isn’t usually detectable except with an abdominal ultrasound. Men are more susceptible to developing “AAA” than women, with those aged 60 and higher, smokers and those with high blood pressure also at increased risk. An abdominal aortic aneurysm can be diagnosed and repaired by a skilled vascular surgeon.