Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Guidelines

AAA is a life-threatening condition, so screening in high risk individuals is very important.

Overview

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is a life-threatening vascular disease. AAAs usually cause no symptoms until they rupture, at which point they cause severe internal bleeding and are often fatal. A screening exam will determine if an AAA has already developed.

As of January 1, 2007, Medicare covers a one-time ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms. Patients may receive a referral during their "Welcome to Medicare" preventative physical. The patient must get the preventive visit and the AAA screening ultrasound referral (not the exam itself) within the first 12 months he/she has Medicare Part B.

Following are Medicare screening guidelines for abdominal aortic aneurysms. Visit our abdominal aortic aneurysm page to learn more about this condition.

Standard Guidelines

Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening is not covered by Medicare for patients who do not have risk factors.

High Risk Guidelines

Medicare will cover an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening for Medicare patients who have never had this exam paid for by Medicare and have one of the following risk factors:

  • Man or woman with a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Man between the ages of 65 and 75 who has smoked at least 100 cigarettes in his lifetime

More Information

Learn more about Medicare's guidelines for abdominal aortic aneurysm screening or consult your physician for more information.

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