Many of us from time to time have experienced nausea, abdominal pain and a rapid heart rate. What you might not know is these symptoms can indicate a dangerous underlying medical condition known as an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), a weakening or bulging of the main artery in the abdomen.
The risk of developing AAA increases with age, usually affecting people over 50 and this condition is more common in men than women. Other risks include the use of tobacco and high blood pressure. In many cases, patients have no symptoms, though the most common one is pain in the abdomen, back or chest. When left untreated an abdominal aortic aneurysm can be life-threatening and require surgical intervention to repair the weakened artery.
Please join Norman Regional Health System physician Dr. Kyle Toal, Medical Director of Cardiovascular Services, as he discusses risks, treatment and endovascular stent grafting, a minimally invasive procedure for artery repair.
Ten free AAA ultrasound screenings will be given away during the event this Friday, June 26th from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. inside the Norman Regional Hospital Education Center located at 901 N. Porter in Norman. Seating is limited, so please RSVP today by calling HealthLink at 440-8802.