Happy Birthday from the Governor to Us

Posted Wednesday July 05, 2017 by AAAOutreach

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has commended AAAneurysm Outreach for 18 years of service to the people of Louisiana and seven other states.

Founded in Prairieville, Louisiana in July of 1999, AAAneurysm Outreach is the nation’s only non-profit organization dedicated to providing public awareness education encouraging individuals to get screened for abdominal aortic aneurysms by providing free public health screenings for abdominal aortic aneurysms, a leading cause of sudden death in men and women.

Governed by a volunteer board of directors that includes medical and business professionals, with guidance from a professional medical advisory board, AAAneurysm Outreach provides factual public education and free screenings services throughout the U.S.

AAAneurysm Outreach collaborates with healthcare organizations, vascular surgeons, sonographers, related clinical personnel, national professional organizations, and associations to communicate its outreach initiatives to deliver education, screenings, and support to thousands of individuals, families, and communities.

Since 1999, AAAneurysm Outreach has screened nearly 11,000 people: smokers, individuals with hypertension and those with a family history of AAA. In addition, we deliver risk educational materials and free presentations, encouraging others to talk with their doctors and get screened. This simple ultrasound screening is saving hundreds of lives by discovering AAAs before they rupture. Our screening program directly saves lives.

AAAneurysm Outreach meets its operational and program funding needs through the support of corporate and individual donors.

Orange suspenders serve as the icon of AAAneurysm Outreach.  Suspenders resemble the shape of an aorta and frame the abdomen, where AAA occurs, calling attention to the importance of knowing the risks and getting screened for AAA.

Education & Screening Programs: 

Because abdominal aortic aneurysms typically have no warning signs, a preventive screening is the only effective way to detect a potentially life-threatening aneurysm early enough for a physician to take corrective action.

 Most abdominal aortic aneurysms can be detected with a simple ultrasound screening

  • The screening process is non-invasive, painless and takes only a few minutes
  • Screenings are recommended every five years for individuals age 60+, those with a family history of aortic aneurysms, smokers, and individuals with hypertension.
  • AAA sponsored screenings are free, and open to the public. Typically, eight hours of fasting are recommended before screening.

Risk Factors:

Millions of Americans are at risk for the “silent killer” that shows no symptoms. Risk factors associated with abdominal aortic aneurysms can include:

Men are more likely to develop a AAA, though it is more-often fatal for women

  • Individuals age of 60+ are most likely to develop abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Smoking or a history of smoking
  • Hypertension & Atherosclerosis
  • Family history of aortic aneurysms

Risk Facts: 

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm show no symptoms
  • Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm are the 10th leading cause of death in men.
  • Public is unaware of abdominal aortic aneurysm danger or the risk factors.
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm are typically discovered accidentally, when a patient has another medical problem.
  • This “silent killer” grows unnoticed until it finally bursts, like a balloon, causing sudden death within minutes from internal bleeding.
  • An aging population will increase the deaths from abdominal aortic aneurysms

AAAneurysm Outreach Programs Educate & Save Lives:

 AAAneurysm Outreach educates people who may be at risk, through outreach at health fairs and other community events.

  • AAAneurysm Outreach provides free ultrasound screening events. These screenings are simple, painless, noninvasive ultrasound views of the abdomen, similar to a pregnancy ultrasound.
  • AAAneurysm Outreach partners with area hospitals, medical professionals, business, and social associations to provide public information on this health risk and screenings via public awareness campaigns, events, social media, website education, and in-person presentations to senior groups and related events.
  • 3% of those we screen identify an aneurysm that needs treatment. These abdominal aortic aneurysms are not likely to have been discovered without our awareness, education, and screening program.
  • AAAneurysm Outreach education, free screening and prevention programs save lives.

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