Aortic Aneurysm Screening
What Is an Aortic Aneurysm?
Most people have never heard of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, but this
condition is a silent killer. An aortic aneurysm is an enlarged area in
the aorta, which is the main artery in the body, responsible for pumping
oxygen-rich blood from the heart throughout the body. The blood may pool
in one area, most commonly in the belly, which is known as an abdominal
aortic aneurysm, but also in the upper body, in what is called a thoracic
aortic aneurysm. Due to the fact that the artery is stretched thin in
the area where the blood has collected, there is a chance that it can
burst. If it does burst, the results can be serious—even fatal.
Protect Yourself with a Free Ultrasound Test
Sometimes there are symptoms associated with an aortic aneurysm such as
back pain, discomfort or pain in the chest or belly, or a feeling a pressure
around the naval. However, in most cases, there are no symptoms. The patient
does not have any idea that an aortic aneurysm has occurred—or that
it could burst and threaten their life.
Fortunately, a quick, painless—and free—ultrasound test can
detect the presence of this potentially deadly condition. Held in partnership
with Washington Hospital Healthcare System and Fremont Bank Foundation,
the screening is a five-minute ultrasound of the abdomen. Please do not
eat before the test. Physicians are on hand to interpret your results.
Pre-registration is required.
Take care of your health through proactive measures. At Washington Township
Medical Foundation, all of our patients come first. The patient is always
the priority. We work hard to ensure they have access to the diagnostics
and preventative care services they need. Learn more when you visit our
Fremont facility today.