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The aorta stems from the heart, arches upward (the aortic arch), and then extends down
behind the heart and through the chest (the thoracic aorta) and the abdomen areas (the abdominal aorta). The aorta then branches out and becomes
the iliac arteries, which provide blood to the pelvis and legs.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
Current as ofJune 4, 2016
Current as of:
June 4, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
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