Background. Screening for abdominal aor- ta was measured at its widest point. The cut- smoked or had smoked and 3% were aware tic aneurysms (AAA) is currently recommend- off value for determining an aortic aneu- of the presence of AAAs in family members. ed by several vascular societies. In countries rysm was set at a diameter of ≥30m m. All There were three risk factors significantly as- where it has been introduced the prevalence ultrasonography measurements were per- sociated with the presence of AAAs: age of AAAs differed greatly and was mainly relat- formed by physicians in outpatient depart- (p<0.05), smoking (72.3% vs 53.9%, p=0.004) ed to cigarette smoking. The screening pro- ments throughout the Kuyavian-Pomerani- and family history of AAAs (9.6% vs 2.7%, gram also had an enormous impact on the an Province. Additionally, each subject had p=0.017). decrease of AAA ruptures and reduced mor- to fill out a questionnaire with demographic Conclusion. The prevalence of AAAs among tality rate. These facts have led to the intro- data, smoking habits, existing comorbidities men in Poland is higher than in other Europe- duction of the first screening program for and familial occurrence of AAAs. The study an
Gefässchirurgie – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 19, 2014
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