Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
185 Doctors are Online

Explain aorta and its function in the heart

what is the function of aorta? is it a vein or artery?
Asked On : Fri, 18 Dec 2009
Answers:  1 Views:  378
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Medical Topics
  User's Response
Aorta is the largest artery in the body, the aorta arises from the left ventricle of the heart, goes up. ( ascends ) a little ways, bends over (arches), then goes down (descends) through the chest and through the abdomen to where ends by dividing into two arteries called illac arteries that goes to the legs. Anatomically, the aorta is traditionally divided into the ascending aorta, the aortic arch, and descending aorta. The descending aorta is, in turn, subdivided into the thoracic aorta (thatdecends with the chest) and the abdominal aorta (that decends with the belly.) The aorta gives off branches that goes to the head neck, the arms, the major organs in the chest and abdomen, and legs. It serves to supply them all oxygenated blood. The aorta is the central conduit from the heart to the body.
Answered: Sun, 20 Dec 2009
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor