An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is a weakened, bulging spot in your abdominal aorta, which supplies blood to the lower half of your body. Screening and detection of this aneurysm can prevent growth, blockage and rupture.
AAAs usually occur in people ages 65 to 75 and are more common among men and smokers. There are often no symptoms, but it can sometimes cause pain in the abdomen, back and/or legs due to pressure from disturbed blood flow. A rupture of an AAA can be life threatening.
Risk factors for an Aneurysm include:
- History of smoking
- History of atherosclerosis (thickening of the artery walls)
- Family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm
- High blood pressure
- An aneurysm in one of your other arteries
- Chronic lung disease
Manhattan Cardiology uses ultrasound technology to detect any evidence of AAA. The process is quick, non-invasive and painless. With a transducer, a technologist uses sound waves, like sonar, to scan for the presence of an abnormally enlarged aorta. An enlarged aorta doesn’t always mean the presence of an AAA, but your Physician and Cardiologist should closely monitor the condition.
If you have any of the risk factors listed above, come in and let us discuss your options for screening.