A Test That Could Save Your Life

January 4, 2011 Updated Jan 4, 2011 at 3:58 PM EDT

By WKBW News

January 4, 2011 Updated Jan 4, 2011 at 3:58 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Dr. Roger Walcott is a vascular surgeon at Sisters Charity Hospital in Buffalo who is on a mission to raise awareness about a little known disease that is extremely common in upstate New York.

Dr Walcott appeared with Patrick Taney and Ginger Geoffery on Channel 7's "Eyewitness News This Morning" Tuesday January 4th to talk about a little know condition, and the test to find it that could save your life.

Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are so common in the Buffalo-area, because of there is large population of smokers, a major risk factor for AAA. AAAs are dangerous, even deadly, because they can strike without warning. If an aneurysm goes untreated and ruptures, it can be fatal. The mortality rate for someone who suffers a ruptured aneurysm at home is more than 80 percent. It’s the 10th leading cause of death in men 55 and older. Yet, while an AAA is more common in men, women are more likely to die from the condition. But patients who understand the risk factors linked to AAA, such as smoking and age, and the importance of screenings, will win the battle.

Dr. Walcott urges at risk men, smokers, or people with a history of this in their family to get tested.

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