Kaweah Delta to host free March 16 abdominal aortic aneurysm screening

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 on Saturday, March 16, in Visalia.  

Kaweah Delta Health Care District is hosting the abdominal aortic aneurysm screening in partnership with vascular surgeons Omar Araim, M.D., and Matthew Campbell, M.D., from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Kaweah Delta Imaging Center, 4949 W. Cypress Ave. Registration for a screening is required in advance to 625-9503. Those people being tested should wear comfortable clothes and should not eat or drink anything six hours before their appointment.   Drs. Araim and Campbell 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.