Menomonee Falls, Wis. — The Heart and Vascular Center at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls is offering a free, noninvasive screening to detect an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 15, for individuals over the age of 60 by appointment only.
AAA is a ballooning of the abdominal aorta, the artery that carries blood to the lower part of the body. This potentially life-threatening condition is also known as the silent killer, because many people do not experience symptoms. Research suggests that more than one million Americans today are living with an undiagnosed AAA. Risk factors for AAA include:
- Age: Risk increase after age 60
- Gender: Males are at higher risk
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- History of smoking
Registration is required. Interested individuals over the age of 60 should call 414-805-3666 or 800-272-3666, select option two when prompted, to register. The screenings will be held in on the second floor of the Heart and Vascular Center at Community Memorial Hospital, W180 N8085 Town Hall Road, Menomonee Falls. Individuals being screened should fast the morning of the screening. Refreshments will be available after screening.