Ailments & Conditions

Embolism vs. Aneurysm – Differences and Similarities

What Is an Aneurysm?

An aneurysm occurs when the wall of an artery becomes damaged or weaker. As a result, these areas may rupture due to atherosclerosis or blood pressure and lead to internal bleeding. This is usually a medical emergency. An aneurysm can be divided into different types that occur in different parts of the body, such as the lungs, spleen, heart, brain, legs, and aorta. For instance, a hemorrhagic stroke happens when bleeding in the brain disrupts the blood flow. An abdominal aortic aneurysm affects the area of the aorta located in the abdomen. [1]