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Free Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screenings in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- A Richland Physcian, Dr. Esteban Ambrad-Chalela spend his Saturday giving free Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screenings to people.

The Vascular Surgeon says "AAA" is a silent killer and the third leading cause of sudden death for men over 60 years old.  He says surprisingly, more than 70 percent of people have never even heard of the condition.  And more than million people have it and don't even know it.

"This is an easy way to diagnose an abdominal aortic aneurysm and then make the patient aware that they have one and most, 95 percent of the cases can be treated," says Amrad-Chalela.

The screening is an ultra-sound on the abdominal and quick and painless, normally costing about $30.

Amrad-Chalela says if you end having an aneurysm and it bursts, your chance of survival is between 10-25 percent.

He says everyone over the age of 602 should be screened and its mostly prominent in Caucasians.

Amrad-Chalela plans on doing another free screening in the summer.