UAB MedCast

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

Adam W. Beck, MD - Speaker Bio
Adam W. Beck, MD is the Director, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy.

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Dr. Beck has the following financial relationships with commercial interests:

Cook Medical; Medtronic Inc.; Gore Medical - Grants/Research Support/Grants Pending
Cook Medical; Medtronic Inc. - Consulting Fee

Dr. Beck does not intend to discuss the off-label use of a product. No other speakers, planners or content reviewers have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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  • Topic Info:According to the NIH, an arterial aneurysm is defined as a focal dilation of a blood vessel with respect to the original artery. The risk of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) increases dramatically in the presence of the following factors: age older than 60 years, smoking, hypertension and Caucasian ethnicity. The likelihood that an aneurysm will rupture is influenced by the aneurysm size, expansion rate, continued smoking and persistent hypertension.

    Listen asĀ Adam W Beck, MD explains that the majority of AAAs are asymptomatic and are detected as an incidental finding on ultrasonography, abdominal computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging performed for other purposes.