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Free screening for a silent killer

A free screening will be offered on Saturday, October 30, for a deadly vascular condition called abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). More than one million Americans are living with an undiagnosed AAA, and if it bursts, only 10-25 percent of people will survive. It presents no symptoms, and is the leading cause of sudden death in men over age 60. However, it is easily detected in a simple test. When detected early, 95 percent of AAAs can be managed and successfully treated.

Risk factors for AAA include being over 60 years of age, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or a family history of the disease.

A free screening will take place on Saturday, October 30, at the Kmart Pharmacy, 4111 North Kent Mall, NE, Grand Rapids, between 7 a.m.-4 p.m. At risk individuals should call (866) 371-3592 to register for a free screening. For more information, visit www.Findthe AAAnswers.org.

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