The normal diameter of the aorta, the largest artery in the body, is about 2.5 centimeters, which is about the same as the diameter of a quarter. If the aorta becomes enlarged, however, the cost can be much higher: a rupture, resulting in a hemorrhage, or even death.
The abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening at Saint Francis Medical Center uses ultrasound technology to detect an enlarged area or aneurysm in the aorta before it is too late.
Colleen J. Moore, MD, FACS, RPVI, vascular surgeon and John C. Wiggans, MD, FACS, vascular and thoracic surgeon at Saint Francis, will offer the next AAA screening on April 19 from 7-11 am in the Heart Hospital – Entrance 7. Screenings cost $35 and require a
12-hour fast for accurate readings. For more information, call 573-331-3996.