A leading cause of instant death in the U.S. gives off few symptoms. Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) kill 15,000 people every year and are detected 90 percent of the time by accident, according to Johns Hopkins Medical Center.
This weekend University Medical Center is offering free screenings for the problem on its Robert E. Green Campus.
Your aorta is the garden hose of your body, moving vast quantities of blood every minute and any kind of bulge or rupture can be deadly.
High blood pressure and high cholesterol go hand in hand with the hardening of the walls of the arteries which can cause AAA. The problem is usually found in men over 60, but it can occur in anyone.
Call For an appointment: 210-567-5715
- Dr. Mathew Sideman, vascular surgeon at University Health System
*This is the third segment in the May 6 edition of The Source, which airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM. Audio from this show will be posted by 5:30 p.m.