Male Smokers Need Triple A Screening - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/31/05

Male Smokers Need Triple A Screening

Even if you've given up cigarettes, if you're a man who has ever smoked, health officials are recommending those men between the ages of 65 and 75 get screened for something called abdominal aortic aneurysm or AAA.

The condition is much more common in men than women and apparently is more easily spotted in men. Abdominal aortic aneurysms can be correctly identified by ultrasound and can be fixed before they rupture and become deadly. The recommendation comes from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force after a review of scientific studies.

If you're a former smoker in that age group, ask your doctor if you can be screened for triple-A.

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