Vascular Surgery/aneurysm

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Am told that I have an aortic aneurysm distal. that's 2.2x2.7 also small dissection.How often do this need to be monitored.This was discovered in 2012. And has not been looked at since.
         Thank you for your time and anticipated consideration. Ab.

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Screening for AAA — A screening test to determine if an AAA is present is recommended in certain groups of people [1]. These recommendations are based upon the increased risk that older men have of developing an AAA, especially those who smoke or who have a family history of AAA.

The test used most commonly to screen for AAA is abdominal ultrasonography. This test is painless and involves the use of a wand, which is applied to the abdomen and uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of the abdominal aorta; aneurysms or other abnormalities can be seen in the image.

A screening test is recommended in the following groups:

●Men age 65 to 75 who have ever smoked should be screened one time for AAA with abdominal ultrasonography. There is little benefit of repeat screening after a man has a single negative ultrasound. Men older than 75 are unlikely to benefit from screening.
●Men age 60 or older who have a sibling or parent with an AAA should have a physical examination and abdominal ultrasonography.
●There is no recommendation for general screening for AAA in women. Women who have an increased risk for AAA, such as those who smoke, have a family history of AAA, or other risk factors should discuss their concerns with their healthcare provider. Although the risk of AAA is much lower in women than men, the risk of rupture in women is higher than in men, and some professional societies believe that one-time screening for women with risk factors is worthwhile.

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I can answer your questions related to your circulation, your peripheral vascular system. This includes all arteries and veins except those inside the head and inside the heart. For example, neck (carotid), arms (carotid subclavian bypasses to Thoracic Outlet) belly (aortic aneurysm & occlusive disorders, renal artery stenosis), legs (iliac, femoral, popliteal, peroneal, dorasalis pedis, posterior and anterior tibial) arteries. Aneurysm & occlusive disease, atherosclerosis, leg pain, arterial wounds and gangrene, amputation prevention. Arterial Bypass, Reynaud’s, Buerger's disease (thromboangiitis obliterans), Thoracic Outlet and other circulation disorders. Vein disorders: Blood Clots (DVT), post-phlebetic syndrome, varicose veins, venous stasis ulcers. I can help with vascular wounds from diagnosis to treatments. I have worked extensively with VNUS Closure and EVLT (Laser) for varicose veins and can describe pre and post procedure expectations and describe the procedures themselves. I can't help with spider veins or cosmetic vein treatment, we don't do it. I have 15 years of wound care experience, arterial, venous, trauma and diabetic wounds for example. **I CANNOT answer questions about STENTS or STENTING, heart disease, blood pressure, brain aneurysm although I can help with questions about the arteries that go to and from those organs.

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I am a nurse, I worked for 15 years with two terrific peripheral vascular surgeons, and one of them is also the inventor of very innovative wound care products and surgical instruments to make vascular surgery procedures better and faster. I wrote and manage the clinic website and field questions from patients all over the world. I am now working with another vascular surgeon and wound care expert, which has given me an opportunity to widen my horizons as I learn another excellent physician's preferences and benefit from his experiences in this amazing specialty.

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I am an LPN, licensed in Minnesota

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