Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is a non-invasive ultrasound in which is visualizing the lining of the blood vessel called the aorta is enlarged within the abdomen. Abdominal aortic aneurysms pose a threat because they are usually silent until a medical emergency occurs.

How to prepare for your test:

Do not eat or drink nothing past midnight the night before.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should have an aortic aneurysm screening?
  • How often should I get an aortic aneurysm screening?
  • How do I prepare for an aortic aneurysm screening?
  • Warning signs
Who should have an aortic aneurysm screening?

Anyone with risk factors.

How often should I get an aortic aneurysm screening?

Annually
*Recommended guidelines only. Consult with your physician.

How do I prepare for an aortic aneurysm screening?
  • Wear a comfortable, loose-fitting, two-piece outfit
  • Fast for four hours prior to your screening
  • Make sure the meal you eat four hours prior to your screening is a light one (less than half of what you normally eat of non-gassy food)
  • If you are thirsty during your fasting period, you may have half a cup of coffee or tea and a moderate amount of water
  • If you take medication, take it as prescribed
  • If you are diabetic and are not comfortable fasting for four hours, please limit yourself to a “diabetic meal” (piece of toast, one cup of any kind of juice and a half of a cup of coffee or tea).
  • If you are in doubt, please follow your diabetic care plan.
Warning signs

Many people with abdominal aortic aneurysm do not experience symptoms;  these are the most common warning signs:

  • Intense back or abdominal pain
  • Rapid pulse
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shock
  • Risk factors
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Emphysema
  • Genetic factors
  • Gender (males have a higher risk)
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