NEW ORLEANS, La — University Medical Center, AAAneurysm Outreach and W.L. Gore are planning a free abdominal aortic aneurysm screening event March 25, from 8 a.m. to noon UMC Conference Center, Room J at 2000 Canal Street.
“This screening test is a simple ultrasound of the abdomen. It only takes a few minutes and is painless,” according to William Risher, MD. “If the aneurysm is found early, it can be treated to prevent rupturing.”
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.
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.