In the last 30 years, the occurrence of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) has increased threefold. This potentially deadly condition occurs when the walls of the main blood vessel that carries blood away from the heart become weakened and bulge or dilate. However, when diagnosed early, AAA can be managed and treated. A screening exam could save a life!
Risk Factors for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
If you have one or more risk factors, talk to your doctor about getting screened.
- Being male
- Having coronary artery disease or peripheral vascular disease
- Family history of AAA
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Exam
Abdominal ultrasonography is a safe and painless exam that uses high frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of the body. The ultrasound will show the abdominal aorta, aneurysms and other abnormalities. If you’ve had your Medicare Initial Preventative Physical Exam and your physician feels the screening exam would be beneficial to you, it is covered by Medicare.
Treatment for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
The board-certified interventional radiology experts at AAR can provide non-emergency repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm with an aortic stent-graft. During the procedure, which is done under x-ray guidance, an interventional radiologist uses small tools and advanced techniques that leave behind only two small nicks in the skin. Compared to traditional surgery, patients who elect this minimally invasive method experience significantly less post-operative pain and less risk for complications.
Schedule Your Screening Today
If you’re at risk for AAA, talk to your doctor about a screening exam. With early diagnosis and treatment, you’ll decrease your risk for serious complications or death. Screenings for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm are available at Inova Alexandria Hospital, Inova Mount Vernon Hospital and Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.