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An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) can be treated successfully if diagnosed early, but left untreated the aneurysm could rupture causing sudden deathâ€“ over 60% of those with a ruptured aneurysm will die. Often times, AAAs have no symptoms. Risk factors for developing an aneurysm include family history, smoking, heart disease, and high blood pressure. If you are at risk for an aneurysm, your doctor may recommend periodic screening.
Do you qualify for a free AAA screening?
Eligible beneficiaries are individuals who have not previously received a AAA evaluation through Medicare, and meet at least one of the following risk categories:
- Anyone with a family history of an abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Men (65 to 75 years old) who have smoked at least 100 cigarettes
If I don't qualify can I still get tested?
The simple answer is yes! However, you will need to discuss your history with your doctor to determine if your insurance will cover the cost of testing.
What is a AAA test?
The diagnostic test for AAA is painless and non-invasive, posing no risk to the patient. The process typically takes 30 minutes, but you should allow up to an hour to complete.
Talk to your doctor about your risk for AAA and if you would benefit from a AAA screening.
NAVIX partners with hospital administrators and physicians to improve the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. If you are interested in offering risk-focused stroke and vascular disease screenings to your community, please contact us at 508-977-2807.
1. Brewster DC. Presidential address: What would you do if it were your father? Reflections on endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. Journal of Vascular Surgery 2001: 33 (6): 1139-47.
The good news is 80% of strokes can be prevented and other peripheral vascular problems can often be easily managed if diagnosed early. Early detection is the key to a course of action that could be lifesaving.