Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) rupture is the third leading cause of sudden death in men over 60 in the U.S., and it is estimated that more than one million people are living with an undiagnosed AAA. Fortunately, most AAAs can be detected through a simple ultrasound screening. Because AAA often has no warning signs, a preventive screening is an effective way to detect a potentially life-threatening aneurysm early enough for your physician to take corrective action.
The screening test is quick and painless, involving a simple ultrasound on the abdomen, similar to a pregnancy ultrasound. In just a few minutes, the images produced will help your doctor “see” inside and determine if an AAA is present.
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