Fifteen minutes is all it takes to save your life. The Fourth Annual Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening is set for this weekend. Dr. Mitchell Lirtzman, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon with the Louisiana Heart, Lung & Vascular Center is teaming up with Aneurysm Outreach to offer the free screening.
Lirtzman recommends screenings for men ages 60 to 85, women 60 to 85 with cardiovascular risk factors and anyone 50 and up with a family history of AAA.
"An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a weakened area of the abdominal aorta that supplies blood to the stomach, pelvis and legs," Dr. Lirtzman explained, "similar to a weak spot in a worn tire. This bulge in the aortic wall can rupture if not detected and treated, may result in death."
The free screening is set for 8:00 A.M. To 1:00 P.M. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Regional Medical Center of Acadiana in Lafayette. Call 187-region-01 or 1-877-344-6601 to schedule an appointment.