May 27, 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, June 28, 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
A physician will be on site to answer questions about
What’s an abdominal
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
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