Many people have never heard of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, or AAA.
Get the facts about this potentially life-threatening condition:
- What Is AAA? An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a blood-filled bulge or ballooning of the abdominal aorta. Learn more about the symptoms and potential causes of this condition.
- AAA Risk Factors: Millions of Americans are at risk for abdominal aortic aneurysms. By understanding the risk factors, you can be prepared to take action!
- Diagnosis and Treatment: Early detection of abdominal aortic aneurysms can save lives. Learn how AAA is diagnosed and treated.
- In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 10,597 deaths from aortic aneurysms. And 17,215 deaths where an aortic aneurysm was one of the factors. Additionally, more than 64,000 people discharged from hospitals had been treated for aortic aneurysms.
- Most aneurysms are discovered accidentally, during tests done for other reasons.
Should you be screened for AAA? Continue reading to learn more.