What is the AAA test? Save Lives by Checking for Abdominal Aortic Aneurisms.
Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are common and account for 15,000 deaths yearly. In 2000 they were the 10th leading cause of death in white men ages 65-74 years of age in the U.S. While they are common, they are often undetected until they burst, which is why there is a high death rate for AAAs. Or, they are detected during other physical exams such as routine medical tests, including ultrasounds of the heart or abdomen.
Considering that a burst aneurysm is life-threatening, it’s vital to test high-risk patients for AAA. Partnering with Vasolabs to provide on-site testing is convenient for your patients and benefits their overall health.
Keep reading to learn more about the abdominal aortic aneurysm test (AAA).
What is the AAA test?
The abdominal aortic aneurysm test is a screening that checks to see if there’s a bulge or swelling in the aorta. The benefit of getting the screening done is to prevent the aneurysm from bursting, which is life-threatening. At Vasolabs, the screening is done by ultrasound, which offers specificity approaching 100 and 96 percent. Not only is the test extremely accurate, but it’s also simple and non-invasive, so it can be done as an outpatient procedure. The ultrasound measures the size and shape of the AAA and helps determine the course of treatment.
If the aneurysm is detected early, then, there’s usually safe, effective treatments available for the patient. Choosing to include the AAA test for high-risk patients allows you to provide better care for your patient because you have time to determine a safe treatment for them if a AAA is detected in the ultrasound.
Who should have the AAA test done?
AAAs aren’t common in a large number of demographics, but high-risk patients should be offered tests. The U.S Preventive Services Task Force stated that screening benefits patients who are at relatively high risk of dying from an aneurysm which includes:
- People that are 65 years or older
- Smoking at least 100 cigarettes in a lifetime
Additionally, patients that are overweight should also have additional tests performed to determine if they have an AAA because it can be difficult to feel an aneurysm. The U.S Preventative Services Task Force recommends against screening women and provides no guidance on men 65-75 years of age that have never smoked.
If you have patients that fit within these demographics and/or have troubling symptoms, then it’s worth it to provide a low-risk and convenient test to them that could save their life.
What to expect when you partner with Vasolabs to provide on-site AAA tests
Say goodbye to ordering tests for your patients off-site, and say hello to offering your tests at your own office. Not only is it convenient for your patients, but it also prevents miscommunication among multiple doctors’ offices and labs and increases the chances of your patient having the test performed.
When you partner with us to provide on-site testing, we come to your office with our sophisticated ultrasound technology and provide extensive diagnostics to help identify and target cardiovascular disease. The test results, combined with standardized disease management tools, allow the development of a comprehensive baseline of patient risk for cardiovascular disease.
Schedule our team to visit your practice to administer specific tests. Then schedule your patients to come in on your specific date. You don’t have to dedicate an additional employee to conduct the tests; we will take care of that. Vasolabs is the leader in performing on-site AAA heart disease screenings.
Contact Vasolabs to offer the AAA test on-site
Help your patients live a long and enjoyable life with early screenings and early treatment. Contact Vasolabs today to learn more about how to conveniently implement AAA tests on-site.