UC Health vascular surgeons have joined the Find the AAAnswers national awareness campaign (findtheAAAnswers.org) to provide free abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screenings to local Cincinnati residents who are at high-risk for the disease.
The free screenings—which take about 15 minutes—will be offered at Midwest Ultrasound (8250 Kenwood Crossing Way) on Dec. 5, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling (513) 936-5291 and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. For at-risk individuals, a simple, painless ultrasound screening is an effective way to detect a potentially life-threatening aneurysm early enough for treatment. They will be taking about 96 appointments.
An AAA is a blood-filled bulge or ballooning of the abdominal aorta, the main artery that carries blood away from the heart to the lower part of the body. Over time, the vessel wall can lose its elasticity and the force of normal blood pressure can cause the aneurysm to burst unexpectedly. This can lead to severe pain, massive internal bleeding or sudden death. The risk for AAA increases for individuals over age 60 and those who have a history of smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or a family history of the disease.