Are You at Risk for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms? (Video)

Routine testing can catch it early

Are You at Risk for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms? (Video)

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) can be deadly, but if they are caught early, they can be treated and the risk eliminated. The key is to get routine ultrasound screening as appropriate based on your age and risk.

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Men should be screened after age 65 if they have ever smoked or have a family history of aneurysm. If they never smoked or have any family history of aneurysm, they can generally wait to be screened after age 75.

Women have a lower risk overall but screening is still recommended, especially for those who have started smoking after age 75 or who have a family history of aneurysm.

If you have questions about this screening, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor. He or she can recommend appropriate screening based on your medical history and risk.

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MORE: Download an Aortic Aneurysm Treatment Guide

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Daniel Clair, MD

Daniel Clair, MD, is Chairman of the Department of Vascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. In 2007, Dr. Clair was named one of America’s Top Doctors.