Better aneurysm detection studied.
With the rapidly increasing number of diagnoses in this country, the question of whether patients should be scanned specifically to search out aneurysms has been put to insurers. Some companies say that screening would not be effective and would lead to additional costs for symptom-free patients.
A study published in the Lancet (November 17, 2002) tracked 61,000 men between the ages of 65 and 74 for an average of four years. A 42 percent drop in risk of death from abdominal aortic aneurysms was found in those who had been screened.
The authors suggested that screening might "significantly reduce mortality rates associated with abdominal aortic aneurysms."
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|Title Annotation:||MEDICAL NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD|
|Publication:||Nutrition Health Review|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Sep 22, 2003|
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