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abdominal aortic aneurysm
a condition in which the walls of the aorta in the abdomen weaken and blood leaks into layers of the vessel, causing it to bulge
aneurysm
a swelling or enlargement of a part of an artery, resulting from weakening of the arterial wall
arteriosclerosis
a disease characterized by hardening, thickening, and calcification of the arterial walls
atherosclerosis
a disorder in which choesterol and calcium build up inside the walls of blood cessels, forming plaque, which eventually leads to partial or complete blockage of blood flow and the formation of clots that can break off and embolize
cataracts
clouding of the lens of the eyes or its surrounding transparent membranes
collagen
a protein that is the chief component of connective tissues and bones
delirium
a change in mental status marked by the inability to focus, think logically, and maintain attention
dementia
the slow onset of progressive disorientation, shortened attention span, and loss of cognitive function
elastin
a protein found in elastic tissues such as skin and artery walls
kyphosis
a forward curling of the back caused by an abnormal increase in the curvature of the spine
osteoporosis
a generalized bone disease, commonly associated with postmenopausal women, in which there is a reduction in the amount of bone mass leading to fractures after minimal trauma in either sex
vasoconstriction
the narrowing of the blood vessel
vasodilations
the widening of a blood vessel