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I added some data to the infobox, and adapted it to the format in use by wikiproject anatomy. This made it a lot larger, so I moved some images to the left and took out the cross-sectional image and the image of blood flow in the heart, as I think neither are particularly relevant to this article. The first one is better suited for use in the article on the human abdomen, or the more specific abdominal aorta article (another option is to expand this article by merging the subdivisions of the aorta into this article). The second one should be used in an article on the human heart, not one on an artery. Elennaro (talk) 15:20, 26 April 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Largest Artery?[edit]

It is in the text. It says the Aorta is the largest artery of the human body. This fact is that the Anterior Spinal Artery is the longest artery in the body. it goes from the foramen magnun all the way down to the medullary cone. this is written in the UpToDate website, and they quote this article: Hurst RW. Spinal vascular disorders. In: Resonance Imaging of the Brain and Spine, 2nd, Atlas SW (Ed), Lippincott, Philadelphia 2006. p.1387 Perhaps we should name the aorta the widest, or perhaps the highest blood output, but largest is a synonym of longest, and the longest artery is the Anterior Spinal artery. (HelenoBR (talk) 22:11, 9 December 2012 (UTC))Reply[reply]

Major overhaul! Suggestion[edit]

Hey guys! I'm going to be doing some major overhauls to this article, I'll be doing it in my userspace, so go to User:Tomato_33/aorta to check my progress. Please leave a comment at my talk page if u have suggestions! :) Tomato 33 (talk) 15:27, 28 May 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks great, Tomato 33! Please remember to source your information using reliable sources if possible, and to follow the recommended layout at WP:MEDMOS#Anatomy. See for example our article on Pancreas for an example of this layout. --LT910001 (talk) 21:14, 28 May 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Pigs versus fingers.[edit]

Here a couple of human fingers together with the heart from a pig.

Perhaps not the best one here either, in my opinion.

6 arches[edit]

"The aortic arches start as five pairs of symmetrical arteries connecting the heart with the dorsal aorta, and then undergo a significant remodelling[11]" The sentence is misleading to context of other articles. It is consistent with embryology there are 6 aortic arches the fifth either never develops or regresses. The 6th arch derives the pulmonary after. First two head and neck, etc. Long time from editing. GetAgrippa

Lauren Shepherd[edit]

Opening sentence seems implausible:

"The aorta (/eɪˈɔːrtə/ ay-OR-tə) is a word made up by Lauren Shepherd, originating from the left ventricle of the heart and ..." (talk) 09:20, 23 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]