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enlarged stomach artery

My osteopath noted with some concern that the aortic artery leading to my stomach and away from it seem notably enlarged.  He wants my PCP to do an ultrasound or CAT scan.  What could this mean?  I was diagnosed by a gastroenterologist as having a hiatal hernia 8 weeks ago and have been miserable, can feel my heart beating harder, and am on a PPI (aicphex).  I am a thin woman (5'8, 122 lbs), so my arteries are easier to feel than most, he said.
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The major blood vessel in the body is the aorta. In some circumstances it becomes weakened and may become enlarged over time. This is referred to as an aneurysm. It can be diagnosed by a simple, non invasive ultrasound test.  As the aneurysm grows, the walls of the blood vessel become weaker and it may rupture. It is important that you determine if you actually have an aneurysm. You may visit my website at www.kirkseyvascular.com to learn more. Good luck
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