Ultrasounds / Screening for Aneurysms
An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), a specific kind of aneurysm, is a condition in which the lining of the blood vessel called the aorta is enlarged within the abdomen. Abdominal aortic aneurysms pose a threat because they are usually silent until a medical emergency occurs.
Did you know…
The risk of AAAs increases dramatically after 60 years of age. Clinically relevant aneurysms (more than 4 cm in diameter) are present in approximately 1% of men between 55 and 64 years of age, and the prevalence increases by 2% to 4% per decade thereafter. AAAs are four to six times more common in men than in women.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is at Risk for an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?
Risk factors include male gender, age above 60, smoking, and Caucasian ethnicity
Who should have an aortic aneurysm screening and how often?
Any one with risk factors or symptoms should be screened annually.
Is it an invasive test?
No. Screening for aortic aneurysm’s are a painless, non-invasive procedure, an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening requires you to lie on your back while a technician uses ultrasound to take images and measurements of your abdominal aorta