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.