Aortic Aneurysm Center
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Diagnosis and Prevention of Aneurysm

To detect aneurysms, physicians at The University of Kansas Hospital use the most comprehensive and high-tech diagnostic options available. Our state-of-the-art, 64-slice computerized tomography (CT) scanner provides detailed 3D images in a non-invasive way, and at low risk to you.

If your family has a history of aneurysm or any of the risk factors below, we may recommend screening for your immediate family members, including children, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles.

Risk factors

Factors that may increase your risk for aneurysm include:

  • Family history of aneurysm, heart disease or other arterial diseases
  • Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • Being overweight or obese
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Trauma, such as a blow to the chest in a car accident
  • Use of stimulant drugs, such as cocaine
  • Diseases and conditions that can weaken the arterial wall, such as:
    • Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
    • Marfan Syndrome
    • Syphilis
    • Tuberculosis (TB)

Prevention

It's important to avoid as many risk factors as possible. You can't control certain risk factors, such as family history and age. Steps you can take to avoid other risk factors include:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Eating a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet to reduce plaque (fatty deposits) in the arteries
  • Controlling high blood pressure
  • Controlling high cholesterol
  • Exercising regularly

To refer a patient, please call 913-588-5862

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