Hartford Hospital to Screen for Silent Killer

Posted Tuesday August 15, 2017 by AAAOutreach

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Hartford Hospital is hosting a free screening for AAA on Oct. 1, 2017, in conjunction with their annual aortic symposium.

Abdominal aortic aneurysms occur in 5-7 percent of people age 60 or older. Men are four times more likely to have AAA than women. Every year, more than 10,000 people die needlessly from an undiagnosed AAA.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that men ages 65 to 75 who have ever smoked should have a screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm using a simple, noninvasive abdominal ultrasound. Women age 60 and those older than age 60 with a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm or other risk factors should talk with their doctors about whether to have a screening ultrasound, due to variances in research data. Talk to your family members today!

Akhilesh Jain, MD said that aneurysms expand slowly over many years and are classified as “silent killers” because there are typically no symptoms until rupture occurs. Abdominal aortic aneurysm is the 13th leading cause of death in the United States. Early detection is critical because up to 90% of patients who experience a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm will not survive.

Ruptured aneurysms are fatal in at least 80 percent of the cases. A simple and painless ultrasound exam can save lives.

Advance registration and 8-hour fast required.  Call (888) 871-3801 for an appointment. The event will be from 8 a.m. to noon at Hartford Hospital Education and Resource Center, 560 Hudson Street, Hartford.

Individuals must meet eligibility requirements for the screening. Individuals 60 and older who have at least two cardiovascular risk factors and men age 55 and older with a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm and at least one additional cardiovascular risk factor are eligible for the screening once every five years.

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.

Screening flyer Oct. 1

Information flyer for AAA screening in Hartford, CT

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