Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening during transthoracic echocardiography in an unselected population.

@article{Bekkers2005AbdominalAA,
  title={Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening during transthoracic echocardiography in an unselected population.},
  author={Sebastiaan C A M Bekkers and Jos H M Habets and Emile C. Cheriex and Andrea Palmans and Yigal Pinto and Leo Hofstra and Harry J. G. M. Crijns},
  journal={Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography : official publication of the American Society of Echocardiography},
  year={2005},
  volume={18 5},
  pages={389-93}
}
OBJECTIVE We sought to investigate the echocardiographic prevalence of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in an unselected group of patients referred for regular transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). METHODS Prospectively, during a 3-month period, a limited ultrasound examination of the infrarenal aorta was performed. AAA was defined as a diameter of 30 mm or more. RESULTS The abdominal aorta could be visualized in 742 patients. The prevalence of AAA was 4.6%. AAA prevalence increased with age… CONTINUE READING