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abdominal aortic aneurysm
An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an enlarged area that balloons out in the lower part of the aorta, the major blood vessel that supplies blood to the body. The aorta, about the thickness of a garden hose, runs from your heart through the center of your chest and abdomen. Aneurysms can develop slowly over many years, often with no symptoms.

When an abdominal aortic aneurysm begins to tear or ruptures, it is a medical emergency. Because the aorta is the body's main supplier of blood, a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can cause life-threatening bleeding. Only about 1 in 5 people survive a ruptured abdominal aneurysm.


LSU Healthcare Network

AAAneurysm Outreach

This type of aneurysm rupture is the third leading cause of sudden death in men 60 and older in the United States. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is most often seen in males over age 60 who have one or more risk factors – smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hardening of the arteries and family history of AAA.

The screening test is a simple ultrasound of the abdomen. It only takes a few minutes and is painless. The images will help determine whether or not an aneurysm is present. If the aneurysm is found early, it can be treated to prevent rupturing.

Dr. Malachi Sheahan
The screening was a joint event of LSU Health New Orleans, LSU Healthcare Network, AAAneurysm Outreach and Peoples Health.