What is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening?
Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a condition in which the lining of the blood vessel called the aorta is enlarged. Because abdominal aortic aneurysms are likely to tear if they reach 5 cm in diameter, monitoring is important for preventing a rupture. Ultrasound can be used to screen for presence of abdominal aortic aneurysm. Ultrasound screening is a painless, safe, and accurate way to detect abdominal aortic aneurysm and is available to those who meet certain criteria.
Who Needs Screening?
- Men and women with a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Men age 65 to 75 who have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime.
- Men and women with other identified risk factors
Preparing for your Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
- Wear a comfortable 2-piece outfit consisting of lose clothing.
- Fast for 4 hours prior to your screening.
- Make sure the meal you eat 4 hours prior to your screening is a light one.
- You may drink small amount of clear liquid during your fast.
- If you take medication, take it as prescribed