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Find the AAAnswers

December 20, 2011 07:56 ET

Find the AAAnswers Searches for The Inspirational Man In Your Life

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 20, 2011) - Is there a man in your life who has inspired you? Find the AAAnswers, a public education campaign designed to raise awareness of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) and drive at-risk individuals to be screened, today announced "My InspirAAAtional Man," a Facebook contest to recognize the men who inspire us in life and take proactive steps to keep themselves healthy. If you're interested in submitting the inspirational man in your life, please visit www.Facebook.com/FindtheAAAnswers.

Men are more likely than women to suffer from an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), a blood-filled bulge or ballooning of the abdominal aorta, the main artery that carries blood away from the heart to the lower part of the body. Over time, the vessel wall can lose its elasticity, and the force of normal blood pressure can cause the aneurysm to burst unexpectedly. This can lead to severe pain, massive internal bleeding or sudden death.

Find the AAAnswers encourages women to help protect the health of their loved ones by educating their husbands, fathers, grandfathers, brothers and friends to know the risk factors for AAA and encouraging them to get screened if necessary.

Risk factors for AAA include:

  • Age - Individuals over the age of 60 are most likely to develop this condition
  • Gender - AAAs are between five to ten times more common in men than in women
  • Family history of AAA
  • Smoking or a history of smoking
  • Clogged arteries
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

Screening for AAA is quick and non-invasive, involving a simple ultrasound of the abdomen similar to a pregnancy ultrasound. In less than 15 minutes, the images produced help a qualified technologist look for swelling along the aorta wall to determine if an AAA is present. If an aneurysm is detected, the ultrasound measures its size, which is a key step in identifying the best treatment option. Small aneurysms are monitored every six to 12 months for changes. Larger aneurysms may require immediate repair.

Find the AAAnswers campaign spokesperson and professional football legend, Joe Theismann understands the risks associated with AAA. "As someone with a family history of AAA, it was important to educate myself about the risk factors and get screened. Through this program, I hope to inspire those at-risk, and their family members, to learn more about AAA and ask the right questions. Today, a quick and painless ultrasound can detect AAA and possibly save a life."

About "My InspirAAAtional Man" Contest
Users interested in nominating "My InspirAAAtional Man" are encouraged to visit the Find the AAAnswers Facebook page and post on the wall a brief commentary (no more than 150 words) describing the inspirational man in their life and why it's important to keep him healthy. Submissions will be accepted through 12:01am PT on January 16, 2012. The top five entries will be selected by Joe Theismann and the Find the AAAnswers Coalition. On January 18, the top five stories will be posted on Facebook, and members of the Find the AAAnswers Facebook community will vote for the most inspirational story. The winning entry will be announced on January 27, and the participant or "Most InspirAAAtional Man" will receive a "Game Day Prize Pack" that includes a pro football jersey signed by Joe Theismann, pro football, autographed photo and personalized message, a phone call from Joe Theismann, and the Campaign's iconic orange suspenders.

About the Find the AAAnswers Campaign
Find the AAAnswers is a public education campaign designed to raise awareness of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) and drive at-risk individuals to be screened. Sponsored by Medtronic, the program is supported by the Find the AAAnswers Coalition, an alliance of concerned medical societies that have come together to provide accurate information about abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) and increase the number of at-risk individuals that get screened. Coalition partners include the Society for Vascular Surgery, the American College of Preventive Medicine, Peripheral Vascular Surgical Society, Society for Vascular Nursing and Society for Vascular Ultrasound. For more information, visit www.FindtheAAAnswers.org.

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