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Older male smokers should be screened for abdominal aneurysm.

ISLAMABAD -- Former or current male smokers between 65 and 75 years old should receive an ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm Aortic Aneurysm Definition

An aneurysm is an abnormal bulging or swelling of a portion of a blood vessel. The aorta, which can develop these abnormal bulges, is the large blood vessel that carries oxygen-rich blood away from the heart to the rest of the
, recommends the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm, which kills more than 9,000 Americans each year, is an abnormal ballooning within the abdomen of the aorta, the major artery that runs from the heart. Experts estimate that between 59 percent to 83 percent of patients experiencing this type of aneurysm aneurysm (ăn`yrĭzəm), localized dilatation of a blood vessel, particularly an artery, or the heart.  die before reaching the hospital.

The task force noted that close to 70 percent of men between 65 and 75 years of age have been smokers at some point in their lives and would benefit from an ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm. This is the first time the task force has made such a recommendation, which appears in the Feb. 1 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine Annals of Internal Medicine (Ann Intern Med) is an academic medical journal published by the American College of Physicians (ACP). It publishes research articles and reviews in the area of internal medicine. Its current editor is Harold C. Sox. .

Older men who are current or former smokers have the highest risk for abdominal aortic aneurysm, and screening and surgery to repair these aneurysms can reduce the number of deaths caused by this condition, the task force concluded.

It made no recommendation about screening for men who've never smoked and found no evidence of benefit from screening of women.

"This is an important recommendation because evidence now exists that screening high-risk men for abdominal aortic aortic

pertaining to or emanating from the aorta. See also aortic arch.

aortic aneurysm
occurs most often in dogs, where it is caused by Spirocerca lupi larvae, turkeys and primates, causing dyspnea, cyanosis and coughing.
 aneurysms can reduce deaths from aneurysm," Task Force chairman Dr. Ned Calonge, chief medical officer and state epidemiologist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said in a prepared statement.

"One of the most important things men and women can do for their health is to never start smoking and to quit if they do. People who have a family history and might be at risk for abdominal aortic aneurysm should discuss their concerns with their physician," Calonge said.
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Date:Feb 2, 2013
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