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AAA Screening

Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are a serious health condition that can cause life-threatening complications if left untreated. Screening for AAA is important to identify individuals at risk of developing the disease, and early diagnosis and treatment is essential to prevent potential devastating outcomes. In this blog post, we will discuss why screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms is so important, as well as who should be screened and when they should call their doctor about it. We will also provide tips on how to reduce your risk of developing AAA. So read on to learn more about this critical health issue!

Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are an often overlooked health condition that can cause life-threatening complications. Although anyone can develop AAA, certain individuals may be at higher risk of developing it than others. Those at increased risk include people over the age of 65, men who have smoked or currently smoke cigarettes, those with high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol levels, and those with a family history of AAA. Additionally, individuals who have already had surgery for another type of abdominal aortic aneurysm may also be more likely to experience AAA in the future. It is important to understand your personal risk factors so you can take steps to reduce them accordingly.

Undergoing an ultrasound to screen for abdominal aortic aneurysms is usually a straightforward and painless procedure. During the exam, a technician will apply gel to the patient’s abdomen and then use a handheld device called a transducer to send sound waves into the body. These sound waves are used to capture images of the aorta.

Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are classified according to their size, and the risk of rupture increases with larger sizes. Generally, AAA is considered small if it measures less than 3 cm in diameter. However, once the diameter of the aneurysm reaches 5 cm or more, there is a greater risk for rupture and surgery may be indicated for repair. It is important to note that even smaller sized aneurysms can still pose serious health risks if left untreated as they can grow over time without any noticeable symptoms. Thus regular screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms is highly recommended by medical professionals in order to identify those who may be at increased risk of developing this condition before it becomes life-threatening.

One of the most effective ways to reduce your risk for abdominal aortic aneurysm is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eating a balanced diet that is high in fiber and low in saturated fats and sodium can help keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels within healthy ranges. Additionally, regular exercise can help control blood pressure, reduce stress, and quit smoking if you do!

If you believe you may be at higher risk for abdominal aortic aneurysm or have any other concerns regarding your health, call your primary care doctor or contact our office. With early diagnosis and treatment, you can potentially avoid the most severe consequences associated with AAA.