NHRMC Encourages “AAA” Screenings for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

February 01, 2016

WILMINGTON, NC – An abdominal aortic aneurysm, the body’s largest blood vessel, or AAA, can develop with no symptoms until it ruptures – a potentially fatal event.

The good news is it can be detected with screenings.

“A simple screening is all it takes to minimize the possibility of a deadly AAA rupture,” said NHRMC Chief Physician Executive Philip Brown, MD. “Asking your doctor to screen for AAA is a great example of how preventative medicine can keep our community healthier by detecting potential AAAs before it is too late to treat them. It’s as easy as knowing your risks and asking for a screening.”

New Hanover Regional Medical Center encourages all those as risk for AAA to be screened to prevent a rupture. Symptoms are not very pronounced, so it’s unlikely those at risk are aware they have an AAA. However, distinct health factors can help determine who is at risk.

If you have one or more of the risk factors, talk with your doctor about AAA screening. Primary risk factors are:

  • Older than 55
  • Smoker
  • Diabetic
  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure

If a physician recommends screening, the doctor will provide a referral. Screenings are available at many convenient locations throughout the region. For more information, visit www.nhrmc.org/AAA.