Learn about abdominal aortic aneurysms, the "Silent Killer"

Knoxville, TN (WVLT) -- Meet NFL legend Joe Theismann and learn about a medical condition known as a "silent killer" at an upcoming event in conjunction with The University of Tennessee Medical Center's Heart Lung Vascular Institute and Aortic Center. On Wednesday, March 30, Theismann will join Dr. Scott Stevens and other experts from UT Medical Center to provide information about abdominal aortic aneurysms and a potentially lifesaving screening that can detect the condition.

This "silent killer" affects millions of Americans and is the third-leading cause of sudden death in men over 60. An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a blood-filled bulge in the abdominal aorta that can burst unexpectedly, often with fatal consequences. In fact, only 10 to 25 percent of patients survive a rupture.

Theismann's father, 90-year-old Joseph John Theismann, discovered he had the condition during an annual physical. Fortunately in cases like the elder Theismann and many others, when detected early enough, an AAA can be treated successfully. Research has shown that 95% of AAAs can be successfully treated if detected prior to rupture. Yet, an astonishing 1 million people are living today with an undiagnosed AAA. Detecting the condition requires a simple ultrasound of the abdomen.

The event with Theismann and the medical experts will be held in the Wolf Kaplan Center in Neyland Stadium (enter through Gate 21A) at 5:00 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Free parking information will be provided with registration.

The event is free, but registration is required by visiting online at
www.utmedicalcenter.org/AAA or by calling 865-305-6970.

The mission of The University of Tennessee Medical Center is to serve through healing, education and discovery. UT Medical Center, a 581-bed, not-for-profit academic medical center, serves as a referral center for Eastern Tennessee, Southeast Kentucky and Western North Carolina. The medical center, the region's only Level I Trauma Center, is one of the largest employers in Knoxville. For more information about The University of Tennessee Medical Center, visit online at www.utmedicalcenter.org.


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