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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a balloon-like bulge in the aorta, which is the large artery that carries oxygen-rich blood away from the heart. An AAA occurs in the part of the aorta that is in the abdomen. AAA screening is a painless and non-invasive exam that uses ultrasound guidance to measure the abdominal aorta to look for any abnormalities that might require further examination. Approximately two-thirds of abdominal aortic aneurysms occur in men.

*According to the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), there is not sufficient evidence to determine whether women ages 65 to 75 who have ever smoked cigarettes or have a family history of AAA would benefit from AAA screening. If you think you would benefit from this exam, talk to your doctor.

Is an AAA Screening Right for Me?
What are the risk factors for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms?
Do I have to have symptoms to have an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?
Am I eligible for an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening?
How often do I have to repeat the screening?
Do I need a prescription from my doctor?
Is there a copay or deductible for an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening?
What is the treatment for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms?