Calcified abdominal aorta - Definition

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The aorta is the principal artery in the body and enables the distribution of blood, oxygenated in the lungs, to the rest of the organs. People can suffer from calcifications of the lining, notably around the aortic arch, the thoracic aorta, or the abdominal aorta. They are easily observed with the help of an x-ray and often the lucky discovery is made during an x-ray of the lungs. The consequences of a calcified abdominal aorta can include a slowing of blood circulation, but they generally show few clinical signs.