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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Why should I be screened?

Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are very serious medical conditions that results when the wall of your aorta, the largest artery in the body, progressively weakens and begins to bulge. AAAs can be permanently cured when diagnosed early. However, if undetected, aortic aneurysms can progressively enlarge, silently, without symptoms, and eventually can rupture, which represents a major risk to life.

• Two-thirds of patients who suffer rupture of an AAA didn’t know    they had the aneurysm until it ruptured, emphasizing how
   important it is for patients at risk to be screened for this very
   serious vascular condition.

• Nearly 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a    AAA annually.

• Approximately 15,000 of those cases may be severe enough to    cause death if not treated.

• It is estimated that more than one million people are living with    undiagnosed AAA, and at least 95 percent of these can be    successfully treated if detected prior to rupture.

• Medicare offers a one-time, free screening for AAA to qualified    seniors as part of its Welcome to Medicare physical. This physical    must be conducted within the first six months of enrollment in    Medicare. Men who have smoked at least 100 cigarettes during    their life, and men and women with a family history of AAA qualify
   for the Medicare screening.


A painless, quick, risk-free unltrasound scan can diagnose an AAA and accurately measure its size (diameter) to determine the need for treatment



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