Tests for Abdominal Aortic Anuerysms (AAA) and other Cardiovascular Disease.

The
aorta is our largest blood vessel and its purpose is to carry oxygen-rich
blood from our heart to the rest of our body. A healthy aorta is
about the diameter of a garden hose, with walls that are strong
and flexible allowing it to maintain its shape when under the pressures
of the blood flow.

An aneurysm occurs when the aortic wall weakens causing it to
balloon, much like a weak spot in an old worn out tire. The weakened
aorta bulges outward becoming large, thin and fragile. Although
an aneurysm can develop anywhere along the aorta, the large majority
occur in the belly area (abdominal aorta). This is called an Abdominal
Aortic Aneurysm or “Triple A”. High blood pressure,

(hardening of the arteries), genetic conditions, and normal wear
and tear from aging can result in a weakened aortic wall.

In up to 90% of cases, this serious medical
emergency causes death within minutes or shortly after arrival to
the hospital.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms are often symptomless, making them
difficult to detect through routine examination. Undetected and
untreated Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms can have lethal consequences.
Ruptured AAAs cause excruciating pain and massive amounts of blood
to be pumped into the abdominal cavity.

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