Some heart problems can mean that there is an aorta problem. The aorta is the artery that supplies the oxygenated blood to the body. It is also the largest artery in the body and is attached to the left ventricle of the heart. Any symptoms in the chest area could signal a heart problem or even more specifically an aorta problem.
Symptoms of an aorta problem mimic those of a heart problem. There can be pain. The pain can begin in the chest or the upper back area. It can be a sharp or severe pain that moves into the lower back area or into the neck. The pain can also be more subtle. It may feel more like a tightness than an actual pain.
Change of pulse rate can be a sign of an aorta problem, specifically if the pulse is different in each arm. Shortness of breath, high blood pressure, and fainting or loss of consciousness are also tell tale signs of aorta or heart problems. Fatigue, weakness, and swollen lower extremities such as your ankles and feet are signs that oxygenated blood is not flowing properly through your body and can be caused by an aorta problem.
Any chest pains should be brought to your primary care physicians attention immediately. They will most likely run tests to find out what the problem is or even send you to a specialist that is better trained in cardiology and can diagnose the problem and begin treatment as soon as possible. Conditions with the aorta and heart can lead to other health issues when not cared for in the correct manner or left uncared for completely.