KENNER, LA — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana and AAAneurysm Outreach are working in partnership with Jefferson Parish and Endologix to provide free lifesaving abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings March 29, 2018 from 8 a.m. to noon during the annual Senior Expo at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.
An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a ballooning of the abdominal aorta, the artery that carries blood to the lower part of the body. This type of aneurysm rupture is the third leading cause of sudden death in men 60 and older in the United States. It is estimated that more than 1 million people are living today with an undiagnosed AAA. Risk factors for AAA include a history of smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries.