Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a serious and often symptomless condition. If left untreated, the aneurysm can burst, putting the risk of death at 90 percent.
More than half of those who experience a rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm die before they reach the hospital. But an ultrasound screening test, recommended for men aged 65 and older who have ever smoked or have a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm, can detect this health risk.
Lisa Tran, MD, is a family physician at Kaiser Permanente Ontario Medical Center. According to Dr. Tran, the risk of developing abdominal aortic aneurysm can be greatly reduced by engaging in these lifestyle practices:
- Taking control of chronic health conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension
- Fine-tuning your diet by using less salt, eating less fat, and eating more plant-based foods
- Getting exercise and keeping your body active during the day