Refining the rules for abdominal aneurysm testing

Published: December, 2010

A new scoring system could improve the detection of an enlarged aorta.

More than one million American men and women have a fragile bulge in the aorta, blood's main pipeline out of the heart. Most of them don't know it. In some people, this condition, called abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), never poses a problem. In others, the bulge bursts, with catastrophic consequences.

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