AAA (An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm is the swelling or ballooning of the abdominal aorta. “The aorta is the main artery that carries oxygen-filled blood from the heart to all parts of the body. In the abdomen, the aorta splits (bifurcates) into the iliac arteries, which carry blood to the legs and other lower areas of the body“ (Source: http://www.ultimatesaaave.com). I am trying to make a difference by educating and encouraging screening to battle the silent killer that is AAA .
At the 1980 Winter Games, which took place over 12 days and seven games – including what some call a miraculous upset of the seemingly invincible Soviet Union – I made many saves that helped the US hockey team win the gold medal.
I am now urging everyone to make the “ultimate SAAAVE” by taking advantage of the SAAAVE Act passed by Congress. It entitles all at-risk Medicare beneficiaries to a free, one-time ultrasound screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) as part of the Welcome to Medicare physical. This disease is a silent killer that took my own father much too early.
Who Is at Risk? Screening should be considered by men (ages 65-75) who have ever smoked, as well as men or women (ages 65-75) with a family history of AAA. To find a screening physician near you, visit: http://www.ultimatesaaave.com, enter your zip code, and select “Find Screening Site”.