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Learn More About Aortic (Abdomen) Aneurysm

Example of plaque buildup carotid arteries

Early detection is the best way to find and treat an abdominal aortic aneurysm. New scanning technology has made a positive impact in early detection -nearly tripling the number found each year and allowing clients an early start toward monitoring and treating this condition. Schedule your health screening today.

What is the Abdominal Aorta?

The abdominal aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body and is responsible for blood flow to all vital organs in your body. It is the main artery stemming from the heart running through your chest and abdomen, located above the belly button in the middle and upper abdomen.

How Does an Aortic Aneurysm Happen?

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an enlargement in the lining of the wall of the aortic blood vessel (which weakens the vessel). As the vessel wall becomes thinner (primarily due to age and other risk factors) it expands, leading to a possible rupture. A ruptured aortic aneurysm can cause life-threatening bleeding since it is the main supplier of blood to your body.

Noticeable symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm are uncommon and you may never know you have it. The best way to find out is to get screened. If you are diagnosed with an aneurysm, your doctor may request that you have regular screenings every 6 - 12 months. Treatment from early detection can increase your survival rate 50% - 75% when compared to emergency treatment after a ruptured aneurysm.

  Risk factors for an aneurysm:   Symptoms you may have an aneurysm:  

Family history

High blood pressure

Hypertension

Smoking

Hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis)

Age

Gender - men are more prone to this disease

Intense back or abdominal pain

Rapid pulse in the abdomen

Nausea and vomiting

Excessive sweating

Shock

 
About Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screenings with Stroke Detection Plus
 

This comprehensive screening uses ultrasound imaging to scan and measure the abdominal aortic vessel, right above your belly button, for the existence of an aneurysm that can rupture and possibly be fatal. Many clients choose this test if there is a history of an abdominal aortic aneurysm in their family. By scheduling this test each year, clients have more control over this potentially deadly condition (which has almost no warning signs) and can take preventative action with their doctor before it becomes life threatening.

 

   
Example of client having abdominal aorta screened with our ultrasound machine