Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is an abnormal dilation or stretching of the aorta. The aorta is the main artery that comes from the heart and supplies blood to the body. The natural history of an aneurysm is to grow larger or stretch more with time. This dilation leads to weakening of the vessel wall and placing the aorta at risk of rupturing.
Multiple risk factors place a patient at risk for AAA. These include but are not limited to: being male, over 50, close relative of someone with an AAA, high blood pressure, and smoking.
The Michigan Vascular Center has actively promoted vascular health awareness and offers free ultrasound screenings to assess your risk of aneurysm (see our contact form for an appointment).
If you are over 50 years old and your parent or sibling has been diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm, discuss this with your primary care physician or call 810-720-ASAP (2727) to see if you qualify for a free screening.