admin - August 26, 2010
This study originated after medical professionals found that half the people with abdominal aortic disease are not even eligible to receive an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening under current Medicare screening guidelines.
According to an article written by Kathleen Blanchard RN on eMaxhealth.com, researchers collected Life Line Screening data from 20,000 screening sites nationwide that had participants who completed a medical and lifestyle questionnaire and who also received an abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound.
The article goes on to state, “The findings showed that women, non-smokers, and persons age 65 and younger are also at risk for abdominal aortic aneurysm and that Blacks, Hispanics and Asians had lower risk of having AAA compared to Whites.”
While it is known that the risk of AAA does increase with age, those with high risk factors prior to this study had included only:
- Patients with heart disease
- Patients with a family history of AAA
Meanwhile, current Medicare guidelines only allows an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening for those people with a family history or who smoked more than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime, as reported by the article, which can be read in its entirety at:
It is our belief that the results of this study will change guidelines and help save countless lives. In the meantime, remember that many people with abdominal aortic disease do not experience symptoms. Life Line Screening offers the abdominal aortic aneurysm screening for any person who prefers to take preventive measures with their health.