What is a AAA Ultrasound?
This safe and painless non-invasive screening uses ultrasound to look for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Sound waves create a picture of the abdominal aorta to measure its width and find out whether there is a bulge, which may indicate the presence of an aneurysm. If the wall of the aorta becomes weak, the force of the blood flowing through this artery can make the wall bulge out like a balloon. This bulge, or aneurysm, can grow large and rupture (burst), which causes dangerous bleeding in the body. Most people who have an AAA show no signs or symptoms until it ruptures. A ruptured AAA often leads to death.
Who Should Get a AAA Ultrasound?
• Men ages 65 to 75 who have ever smoked cigarettes
• Non-smokers if there is a family history of aneurysm