Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

What is an Aneurysm?

An aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel that is caused by a weakness in the wall. In some people, as they get older, the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak. As the blood runs through the weakened blood vessel, the pressure of the blood causes the blood vessel to bulge outwards like a balloon. If you have an aneurysm, you wiII not generally notice any symptoms. Because most AAAs do not produce clear symptoms, there is a high rate of sudden rupture with significantly high mortality rate.

Risk Factors for AAA

  • Male age 65 or older

  • History of smoking >100 cigarettes in a lifetime

  • First-degree family history of AAA requiring surgical repair.

Ultrasound Screening

Ultrasound is used to screen for AAA. We will utilize cutting edge technology to create a picture of your abdominal aorta. The width of your abdominal aorta is then measured to determine whether there is a bulge. The examination is painless and quick.

Does Medicare Cover The Ultrasound Examination?

Medicare covers a one-time abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound for people at risk. You’re considered at risk if you have a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysms, or you’re a man 65–75 and have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your lifetime.

What about other insurance carriers?

Many insurance carriers cover the test for at risk patients. We also offer very affordable self pay pricing.

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