Early detection of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) can help save lives! Each year approximately 200,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with AAA. Because many do not experience any symptoms, it’s estimated that more than one million people are living with an undiagnosed AAA. Fortunately, at least 95 percent of these AAAs can be successfully treated if detected prior to rupture.
Fortunately, most AAAs can be detected through a simple ultrasound screening in which a healthcare professional glides a sensor over the stomach to view images of the aorta. This painless procedure usually takes just a few minutes, and the images produced will help your doctor “see” inside your aorta to determine if an AAA is present. These exams also measure the size of the AAA, a key step in identifying the best treatment option.
When found early, AAA can be effectively managed in order to keep the aneurysm from bursting or rupturing. A vascular specialist will determine the best course of treatment depending on the size and shape of the aneurysm and other medical conditions. One of the following may be recommended:
Talk to your doctor about these treatment options.