Refining the rules for abdominal aneurysm testing
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.