Saturday, February 17, 2007

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

I stand corrected: apparently 15,000 Americans die each year from aneurysms of the abdominal aorta, not 9,000 as I said on February 13; but in all fairness to me, the article I was quoting said 9,000. Anyway, abdominal aortic aneurysms remain a serious problem. Smokers, former smokers, or generally those who are over the age of 65 still need to be checked for this condition. In the meantime, there is new research that “raises hopes for developing a drug that could prevent small aneurysms from enlarging to the point where surgery is necessary.” That is good news. Surgery to repair an abdominal aorta is no picnic, nor is it cheap.

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