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Free health screening in Jefferson Parish-a first!

Posted By J. B. Hunt, AAAneurysm Outreach, Friday, March 2, 2018

Free Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screenings on March 29, 2018

 

KENNER, LA — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana and AAAneurysm Outreach are working in partnership with Jefferson Council on Aging and Endologix to provide free lifesaving abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings March 29 from 8 a.m. to noon during the annual Senior Expo at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.

 

“This quick, easy ultrasound of the abdomen is painless,” according to Claudie Sheahan, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center. “We will be able to determine whether or not an aneurysm is present. If the aneurysm is found early, it can be treated to prevent rupturing.”

 

This event is the first AAA screening in Jefferson Parish, and is expected to reach hundreds of people who attend the expo. “We are glad to be able to provide this free service to Jefferson Parish residents, at a convenient location,” said AAAneurysm Outreach board member and University of New Orleans healthcare professor Don Zimmerman, a Jefferson Parish resident and AAA survivor.

 

“The Senior Expo is such a fun way to meet new people, catch up with the ones you know and learn about what your community has to offer you! Whether with friends or on your own, please consider stopping by for a fast and easy AAA (abdominal aortic aneurysm) screening. It is a perfect opportunity to save yourself an office visit and get a wonderful, potentially lifesaving service for FREE! “– Cynthia Lee-Sheng, Councilwoman at Large, Division B, Jefferson Parish

 

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a ballooning of the abdominal aorta, the artery that carries blood to the lower part of the body. This type of aneurysm rupture is the third leading cause of sudden death in men 60 and older in the United States. It is estimated that more than 1 million people are living today with an undiagnosed AAA. There are no symptoms. Risk factors for AAA include a history of smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries.

 

 

Founded in 1999 in Louisiana, AAAneurysm Outreach is the nation’s only non-profit that provides education, free health screenings and awareness of abdominal aortic aneurysms, and provides comprehensive outreach for at-risk individuals –-typically smokers, men and women over the age of 60, those with hypertension and people with a family history of the condition.

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