Are You At Risk for Aortic Aneurysm?
Screening is the only way to detect an aortic aneurysm before symptoms appear. Talk to your doctor about getting screened if you’re at risk.
If left untreated, an aortic aneurysm can burst and cause dangerous bleeding or even death. Screening is vital if you are at risk so that your doctor can refer you for a full diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.
Who is at risk?
- Men over age 65 who have ever smoked.
- Men and women over 65 with a family history of aortic aneurysm
- Other risk factors include:
- History of high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, which can weaken aortic walls
- Trauma, such as a car accident, which can damage the aorta
How to get screened?
Call your primary care physician to schedule a screening if you are at risk. An ultrasound can detect an aortic aneurysm simply and painlessly. This safe, painless test uses sound waves to create an image of your aorta, and can measure the size of an aneurysm so that your doctor can recommend next steps for treatment.
What does a screening cost?
Costs vary depending on your insurance coverage. If you are a Medicare subscriber, you may be eligible for a one-time free screening if you are at-risk and have a referral from your doctor. Contact Medicare or talk to your doctor to find out more.