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2,000 Veterans To Be Screened for Silent Killer
New Orleans-based non-profit AAAneurysm Outreach will partner with the Veterans of Foreign Wars to offer free screenings for abdominal aortic aneurysms at VFW’s national convention in New Orleans July 22-25.
As many as 2,000 veterans are expected to participate in this simple ultrasound screening sponsored by AAAneurysm Outreach, W. L. Gore Inc., the Society for Vascular Surgery, and the VFW, and provided by LSU Healthcare physicians and Philips medical equipment.
This is expected to be the largest mass screening event of its kind, and is a way for the sponsors to support military veterans.
“This screening test is a simple ultrasound of the abdomen, takes only a few minutes and is painless,” according to Claudie Sheahan, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center, “The images help determine if an aneurysm is present, and when found can be treated to prevent rupturing.”
An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a ballooning of the artery that carries blood to the lower part of the body. A “Silent Killer,” a ruptured aneurysm is fatal nearly 90% of the time, and there are no symptoms.
This type of aneurysm rupture is the third leading cause of sudden death in men over 60 and was a contributing factor in the recent deaths of actors Bill Paxton, Alan Thicke, and Tommy Ford.
The risk factors for AAA include a history of smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hardening of the arteries and family history. It’s estimated that more than 1 million people are living with an undiagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysm. A screening is recommended every five years for those over age 60 or with risk factors.
About AAAneurysm Outreach
Founded in 1999, AAAneurysm Outreach is the nation’s only non-profit providing public awareness, education, outreach and free aneurysm health screenings for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms, a leading cause of death in men and women.
AAAneurysm Outreach provides comprehensive education on this “Silent Killer” for the general population, at-risk individuals including those with hypertension, smokers; individuals age 60+, those with a family history of aneurysms, and clinical data for the medical community.
AAAneurysm Outreach has provided free life-saving health screenings for more than 11,000 people and outreach education programs for hundreds of social organizations, medical associations, non-profit organizations, senior community groups, and faith-based organizations throughout the country.
Visit www.aoutreach.org, or call 504-598-5241 for more information on AAAneurysm Outreach, abdominal aortic aneurysm risk factors, screening data, free public screening events calendar, and partnership program opportunities.