Hartford Hospital Offers Free Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screenings October 1, 2017

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[junkie-alert style=”white”] Hartford Hospital is hosting a free screening for AAA Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening on Oct. 1, 2017, in conjunction with their after the annual aortic symposium, “Management of Complex Aortic Pathology.” The free screening is opened to the public, at the Education and Resource Center, 560 Hudson Street, Hartford, Ct., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.[/junkie-alert]

“This event gives us the opportunity to bring greater visibility to the devastating effects of abdominal aortic aneurysm. With the support of W. L. Gore and AAAneurysm Outreach, we will provide free AAA screenings and informational materials for hundreds of families,” said vascular surgeon Carissa Webster-Lake, MD.

Aneurysms expand slowly over many years and are classified as “silent killers.” There are typically no symptoms until a rupture occurs. AAA is the 13th leading cause of death in the United States. [1] Early detection is critical because up to 90% of patients who experience a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm will not survive.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that men ages 65 to 75 who have ever smoked should have a screening for AAA using a simple, noninvasive abdominal ultrasound. [2] Women age 60 and those older than age 60 with a family history of  or other risk factors should talk with their doctors about whether to have a screening ultrasound, due to variances in research data.

AAAs  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.

A simple and painless ultrasound exam can save lives.

“We work closely with hospitals around the country, and are extremely grateful to W.L. Gore for making this screening available and free to the public,” said Barbara Guerard, DSc, MBA, RN, chair of the AAAneurysm Outreach board of directors.

“Families need information and support from all of us, and this collaboration helps empower those with AAA, and those who love them,” said Dr. Webster-Lake.  AAAOutreach suggests that you talk to a loved one or family member today who can take you to this free screening!

Advance registration and 8-hour fast is 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.

References:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_aortic_aneurysm.htm
  2. https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-screening