Silent Killer – Triple A

Right now, one-million Americans are walking around with a Triple A and they don’t even realize it.  By understanding the risk factors, you can be prepared to take action! While the exact causes are not clear, risk factors associated with this condition include:

  • Age – Individuals over the age of 60 are most likely to develop this condition
  • Gender – AAAs are between five to ten times more common in men than in women
  • Family history of AAA
  • Smoking or a history of smoking
  • Clogged arteries
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

Because AAA often has no warning signs, a preventive screening is an effective way to detect a potentially life-threatening aneurysm early enough for your physician to take corrective action.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) rupture is the third leading cause of sudden death in men over 60 in the U.S.. Fortunately, most AAAs can be detected through a simple, ultrasound screening. Because AAA often has no warning signs, a preventive screening is an effective way to detect a potentially life-threatening aneurysm early enough for your physician to take corrective action.

The screening test is quick and painless, involving a simple ultrasound on the abdomen, similar to a pregnancy ultrasound. In just a few minutes, the images produced will help your doctor “see” inside and determine if an AAA is present.

For more information log onto www.FindtheAAAnswers.org.

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