An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) happens when the large blood vessel that supplies blood to the areas around the abdomen, pelvis, and legs becomes abnormally large. If this aneurysm becomes too thin and too large it can rupture, causing catastrophic bleeding. An abdominal aortic aneurysm seldom has symptoms, though some people may notice a pulsing sensation in their abdomen or experience back pain.
Risk factors for Abdominal aortic aneurysm include:
- Male gender
- High blood pressure
- Family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Advanced age
Detecting an AAA before it ruptures allows our team of highly-trained physicians, technicians, and clinical staff to assess the best treatment options for you. Aneurysms can be successfully managed and, if necessary, treated with surgery. Men over 65 with a history of smoking may qualify for an ultrasound under Medicare.