Can Functional Medicine Cure Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms?
Functional medicine doctors are becoming more popular because they’re focusing on curing people’s diseases without surgeries, harsh prescriptions, or other invasive procedures. Patients are tired of being bounced around from doctor to doctor trying to solve their pain, often ending with no answers.
As a functional medicine doctor, you have the unique ability to solve patients’ diseases and rid them of pain because you’re focused on getting to know them as a person and helping them identify the actual problem, not the surface-level symptoms.
The joy of your job is curing your patient’s chronic diseases, so what if you could cure your patient’s abdominal aortic aneurysms?
The Root Cause of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Abdominal aortic aneurysms are often found while running tests or ultrasounds for other reasons, which makes them even more dangerous because it’s hard to know how long the aneurysm has been there. They are exceptionally dangerous because they can rupture at any time, which often leads to death. It’s hard to know what causes AAA, but smoking and high blood pressure are considered to increase the risk of an aneurysm.
In functional medicine, your goal is to prevent or cure chronic diseases through natural remedies—namely lifestyle changes that will reduce the toxins in a person’s body. You aim to allow the body to heal, replenish itself, and work optimally to reduce a person’s risk of future diseases. Considering the health risks, imagine if you could cure abdominal aortic aneurysms!
When abdominal aortic aneurysms are identified and diagnosed early, there are treatment options that are safe and effective for your patients. Let’s discuss how you can detect AAA early so you can stop trying to stop the progression of AAAs and instead focus on curing it.
Early Detection of AAAs So You Can Cure AAAs
Detecting AAAs early is difficult to find because there aren’t distinct symptoms, and they are hard to detect in physical examinations. If AAAs are found early, then treatment is usually safe and effective. In this instance, abdominal aortic aneurysms can essentially be “cured.”
Even though abdominal aortic aneurysms can be found by a physical exam, most are diagnosed using an abdominal ultrasound scan or computerized tomographic (CT) scan. These tests are extremely simple and non-invasive, which means your patient will be in and out quickly without an overnight stay.
To detect abdominal aortic aneurysms early, you need to conduct regular physical exams and ultrasounds or CT scans on all of your patients that are high risk: men 66 years and older and women 70 years and older.
When you partner with Vasolabs to offer on-site cardiac testing to your patients, it makes it easy to prioritize early detection, prevention, and curing of abdominal aortic aneurysms in your patients without any extra hassle. Learn more about Vasolabs on our website today.
Another way to help your patients avoid abdominal aortic aneurysms altogether is by conducting thorough examinations of each patient’s health including their diet, fitness, and alcohol consumption, smoking habits, and other lifestyle factors. This is where functional medicine doctors excel.
If you have patients who smoke, are at risk of high blood pressure, or have high blood pressure, then you should provide them with substantive lifestyle changes that will reduce their risk of getting an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Utilize Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Tests for Early Detection
As we previously mentioned, abdominal aortic aneurysms are usually found once they are at high risk for rupturing and are unable to be easily treated or cured. Utilizing an ultrasound or CT scan to identify and monitor AAA is essential in preventing death in your patients due to a ruptured aneurysm.
The actual ultrasound scan is performed by trained personnel and has a sensitivity and specificity approaching 100 and 96 percent. This screening is known to benefit patients that are at relatively high risk for dying from an aneurysm. These patients have major risk factors including age, male sex, and smoking at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetimes.
Previously, doctors used a general exam of a patient’s abdomen as the first method to detect an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The exams are based on screening criteria including a patient’s age, history of smoking, among other factors. While physical exams are one way to detect an abdominal aortic aneurysm, most of them are detected using an abdominal ultrasound scan or CT scan.
Here’s a breakdown of the process when you work with Vasolabs:
- Initial patient screening
- Vasolabs ultrasound for your patient
- Vasolabs technician performs AAA scan in your office
- Images are sent to a lab for analysis
- Tests are evaluated and sent to you by Vasolabs
With this adequate and prompt testing information, you can detail the findings of the scan as they relate to an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Detect Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms with Vasolabs
We are passionate about partnering with physicians to provide on-site diagnostic testing to increase the early detection of high-risk issues and prevent heart disease in your patients.
Increase your chances of curing abdominal aortic aneurysms as you help your patients reach peak health with functional medicine. Partner with us to bring on-site ultrasounds, practicing preventative measures and stopping abdominal aortic aneurysms before they take your patient’s life. Book a consultation online today to learn more.