The aorta stems from the heart, arches upward, and then extends down
behind the heart and through the chest (thorax) and the abdomen areas. The aorta then branches out and becomes
the iliac arteries, which provide blood to the pelvis and legs.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
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