When a blood vessel weakens, a balloon-like dilation called an aneurysm sometimes develops. This happens most often in the abdominal aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body. If this aneurysm ruptures, it is often deadly, so learning whether you have an aneurysm and seeking treatment is important.
Dr. Michael Costanza, professor of surgery in Upstate University Hospital's division of vascular surgery, explains how treatment options have become less invasive on this episode of “HealthLink on Air.” He also points out that Medicare will pay for screening for people who are at increased risk for aneurysm, including those age 65 to 75 with a family history of aneurysms and men who are -- or previously were -- smokers.
Also this week: Lyme disease, and the experiences of two emergency physicians in Haiti. Tune in this Sunday, July 29 at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for more.