Friday 26 August 2016 3:04pm
Targeted screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) based on patients’ cardiovascular health shows promise for improving detection and treatment of this potentially deadly condition, new University of Otago research suggests.
An AAA, often described as a “silent killer”, is a bulging weakness in the aorta, which is the main artery of the body. If the bulge grows large enough and suddenly ruptures, nine out of ten of those affected will not survive. When detected early, AAAs can be repaired and rupture prevented.