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Screenings could rule out aneurysm

Gregory Mott The Washington Post

Ruptures of abdominal aortic aneurysms are the 13th leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 15,000 lives each year, according to the American Vascular Association.

Researchers writing in the British Medical Journal reported this month that deaths from such ruptures could be dramatically reduced through noninvasive screening. The British researchers found that an initial ultrasound screening at age 65 to measure the size of the aorta would virtually rule out aneurysm disease for life in 95 percent of patients.

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