This is a screening examination of the abdominal aorta for the presence of an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), a condition in which the lining in the aorta weakens, causing the aorta to expand in diameter. Abdominal aortic aneurysms pose a threat because they are usually silent until a medical emergency occurs.
Who should have an aortic aneurysm screening?
The Society for Vascular Surgery recommends 1-time ultrasonography screening for AAA in all men and women aged 65 to 75 years with a history of tobacco use, men 55 years or older with a family history of AAA, and women 65 years or older who have smoked or have a family history of AAA.
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