What is AAA?
Nearly 200,000 people are diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm yearly. An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) can be safely treated with early detection. Approximately 15,000 people die each year from a ruptured aneurysm.
The aorta is the largest artery in the body. It runs from the heart down through the abdomen. The aorta delivers blood to the legs, GI tract and kidneys. An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) occurs when the wall of the aorta progressively weakens and bulges. An AAA can continue to enlarge and eventually rupture if left untreated, causing internal bleeding and possible death.
With an AAA other concerns that can develop is clotting and debris within the aneurysm. The clots and debris can be carried to other areas of the body and block circulation, causing loss of limb and severe pain if prolonged blood flow is cut off.
Gender – Males are more prone to AAA than females
Age- Those 60 years old and older at are a greater risk
High Blood Pressure
Chronic Lung Disease
History of atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries)