Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening is painless and non-invasive. It requires a person to lay on his/her back while a technician uses ultrasound to take images and measurements of the abdominal aorta. Early detection of AAA through screening can be life saving, as it gives the patient an opportunity to undergo surgical repair which is much safer the an emergency repair.
Risk Factors for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Genetic factors
- Gender (males have a higher risk)
Warning Signs of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Many people with abdominal aortic aneurysm do not experience symptoms; these are the most common warning signs.
- Intense back or abdominal pain
- Rapid pulse
- Nausea and vomiting
- Excessive sweating
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