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Aortic Aneurysm Symptoms

  • Chest and/or back pain are the two most common symptoms.
  • Feeling of fullness after minimal food intake.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Aneurysms rarely cause symptoms until they cause a rupture.

Early detection is therefore crucial! 

Risk Factors

  • Age > 59 years old
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Atherosclerosis (the build-up of plaque in blood vessels)
  • Male gender
  • Race (more common in Caucasians)
  • Family history

How Do We Test for AAA?

  • Fast (no food) for four hours before your screening.
  • You will lie on your back for this painless non-invasive test.
  • A technician will apply gel to your abdomen and an ultrasound wand is used to take pictures of the Aorta.