Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
The aorta is the largest artery in the body. The part of the aorta that carries blood from your heart through your abdomen, and splits into arteries that supply your legs, is called the abdominal aorta. Smaller arteries also branch off the aorta at several points to carry blood to various organs and other parts of the body.
An aneurysm occurs when a weakened part of a blood vessel expands like a balloon. As it expands, the vessel wall becomes thinner and weakens, and there is a risk it will break open or rupture. A ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm is a life-threatening condition, but with early detection, it may be prevented. The abdominal aortic aneurysm screening is a painless, non-invasive procedure using ultrasound to check for enlargement of the abdominal aorta.
Who Needs This Screening?
Those who are Age 50+ who have a smoking history
Family history of AAA
Risk Factors for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
High blood pressure
Atherosclerotic ( plaque) disease
Gender (males have a higher risk)