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It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure it out, just a simple screening ultrasound.
What Is An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?
An aneurysm is a bulge in a weakened blood vessel. If an aneurysm becomes too large, it may burst causing death. The most common location is in the main blood vessel in your body, the aorta, as it travels through the abdomen.
Who Should Be Screened?
Men between the age of 65 and 75, who have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their life.
Women between the age of 60 – 85 with risk factors.
Men between the age of 60 – 85.
Men and Women 50 years or older with family history of aortic aneurysm.
Is An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Serious?
People who have aneurysms don’t have any symptoms until it ruptures.
One half of patients with untreated aneurysms (>5.5 cm) will die with rupture within 5 years.
AAA is 3rd leading cause of sudden death in men over 60.
A single screening reduces the aneurysm related mortality by 70% over 5 years.
How Is The Screening Done?
Screening is painless and quick. An ultrasound is used to create a picture of your abdominal aorta using sound waves. The width of your abdominal aorta is then measured to determine if there is a bulge
If you have any of the risk factors listed and you think you may benefit from further evaluation, please discuss scheduling and abdominal aortic ultrasound with your healthcare provider.
What Happens After Screening?
Your next step depends on whether the test finds a bulge in the aorta. If you have a small or medium bulge, your provider may recommend “watchful waiting,” which means having your aneurysm re-checked periodically.
Normal (No bulge)
Congratulations! You don’t need to be checked again.
Small bulge (3.0-3.9 cm)
You should be re-checked in 1 year.
Medium bulge (4.0-5.4 cm)
You and your provider will discuss what to do next. You should be re-checked in 6 months.
Large bulge (more than 5.4 cm)
You and your provider will discuss what to do next. You may need repair/intervention.