An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a stretched and bulging section in the wall of the aorta. The aorta is the large blood vessel that carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. A bulging aorta is weakened and can burst, or rupture, resulting in life-threatening bleeding.
HealthSmart Screening Services utilizes the lastest ultrasound technology to provide images of the abdominal aorta and measure its size. This painless and non-invasive procedure is carried out by a licensed sonagrapher who applies an acoustic gel on your abdomen. A painless instrument called a transducer is then gently moved around your stomach to provide an image of the abdominal aorta.
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