AAA Screening Set for Oct 14 at Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago

Posted Monday July 10, 2017 by AAAOutreach

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CHICAGO, IL–Norwegian American Hospital is hosting a free screening for AAA on Oct. 14, 2017.

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, including the recent deaths of actors Alan Thicke, Bill Paxton and Tommy Ford.

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!

Vascular Surgeon Giancarlo Piano, 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 in the Diabetes Clinic at Norwegian American Hospital, 1044 N. Francisco Ave, Chicago.

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