Episode 7: The Dangers of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

The Right Way to Care with Kevin O'Connell

Are abdominal aortic aneurysms easy to detect and treat?

Primary care physicians in Western New York do a great job of identifying vascular disease. However, the nature of abdominal aortic aneurysms make them difficult to detect.

Left untreated, these aneurysms can cause serious health concerns and in some cases lead to death. While this “silent killer” isn’t always easy to detect with a physical exam, Vascular Surgeon, Dr. Paul Anain says there are factors that put some people at a higher risk for developing an abdominal aneurysm.

Chief of Community Connections, Kevin O’Connell sat down with Dr. Anain to discuss what people need to know and how the vascular team at Sisters of Charity Hospital can help.

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“Our general physicians are doing a great job here in Buffalo, finding people with vascular disease. The abdomen, especially abdominal aortic aneurysms, or aorta, are very difficult to examine, during a physical exam. It’s sort of protected by all our abdominal muscles and some other padding above it, and then our spine, so it’s very hard to feel.

The people that are at risk for it are men over 65, men or women with any heart disease, and any history of smoking. Unfortunately, it’s just 100 cigarettes in your lifetime, and for smokers they know they can hit that in a week. That increases your risk for having an abdominal aortic aneurysm.”

Paul Anain, MD

Medical Director of Catholic Health Vascular Services, Sisters of Charity Hospital

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