Abdominal Aorta

An abdominal artery aneurysm (AAA) is a dangerous enlargement or outpouching of the abdominal aorta. If this enlargement reaches a certain size, the risk of bursting (rupture) is high. This may lead to life-threatening internal bleeding, which can often be fatal. If the aneurysm is detected in time, it can be treated by minimally invasive therapy or open surgery.

Since January 2018, all legally insured men over the age of 65 can participate in an ultrasound screening program. Elder men have a particularly high risk of aneurysmal dilatation of the abdominal aorta. Particularly at risk are men who have risk factors for vascular diseases (smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.).

Private health insurance companies also reimburse the examination.


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