January 2, 2014
VISALIA – People who are 60 years or older or have a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysms have the chance to be tested for the condition for free on Saturday, Jan. 25, in Visalia.
Kaweah Delta Health Care District is hosting the abdominal aortic aneurysm screening in partnership with vascular surgeons Omar Araim, M.D., Matthew Campbell, M.D., and LaMar Mack, M.D., from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Kaweah Delta Imaging Center, 4949 W. Cypress Ave. To get screened, people must register in advance by calling 625-9503. Those people being tested should wear comfortable clothes and should not eat or drink anything six hours before their appointment.
A physician will be on site to answer questions about screenings.
What’s an abdominal aortic aneurysm?
Abdominal aortic aneurysms happen when the large blood vessel that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis and legs becomes abnormally large. If the aneurysm becomes too large and ruptures it can cause serious bleeding and quickly lead to death.
Who should be screened?
The Society for Vascular Surgery recommends screening of all men aged 60 and older and women 60 and older with cardiovascular risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, emphysema or obesity. Men and women who are 50 and older with a family history of AAA, should also be screened.