Donate to Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Research & Care

Every year, more than 200,000 adults are diagnosed with abdominal aortic aneurysms. Because most people do not experience any symptoms of this condition, it is estimated that up to one million people are living with undiagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysms. The aorta, the major vessel that supplies blood to the body, is shaped like a garden hose. When the cell walls of the aorta become enlarged or weakened, there is the risk of a blockage that would prevent blood flow throughout the body. An abdominal aortic aneurysm can grow very slowly and undetected or can manifest rather rapidly and quickly become life-threatening.

By donating to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help scientists and physicians at Northwestern Medicine to continue to advance research studies and clinical trials aimed at developing diagnostic methods and treatment options for individuals affected with abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Aneurysms may continuously develop and dissipate in vessels located throughout the body, but they may be so small that no symptoms develop, and no damage occurs. Abdominal aortic aneurysms are particularly dangerous, because they increase the risk of severe blood clots and strokes, tears in the aorta as well as life-threatening internal bleeding. If a person experiences deep or sudden pain in the front or side of the abdomen, a pulsating sensation near the navel, intense back pain or difficulty swallowing with a constant cough, he or she should see a physician immediately. Men between the ages of 65 and 75 who smoke are at the highest risk of developing a life-threatening abdominal aortic aneurysm. Hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, heredity and certain infections can increase the risk of experiencing an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Signs that an abdominal aortic aneurysm is life-threatening include sudden back pain, pain the back of the legs, sweating and clamminess, rapid pulse as well as nausea and vomiting – seek emergency medical attention. Using ultrasounds and CAT scans, specialists are able to diagnose location, size and severity of the aneurysm. Further monitoring, beta blockers and other medications or immediate surgery are options for comprehensive treatment. Physicians often prescribe lifestyle changes, which may include improvements in diet, regular exercise and a reduction in stress.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation can make a positive difference in the lives of individuals affected by aortic aneurysms. With the help of your generosity, Northwestern Medicine’s dedicated scientists and physicians will make further strides in vital research and clinical care. There is no question that this progress will significantly benefit patients with aortic aneurysms, now and well into the future.

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