Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening
An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a balloon-like bulge in a large blood vessel coming from your heart (aorta). Most people with AAAs have no symptoms, but AAAs can burst with no warning. Those at highest risk are men over 65 who have ever smoked (at least 100 cigarettes) or have a first-degree relative (parent, sibling or child) with a history of an AAA. If you are at risk, talk to your provider about a one-time screening ultrasound for AAA.
Depression can have a big impact on a person’s quality of life and make it difficult to manage routine daily tasks as well as other health concerns. However, effective treatments for depression do exist. Medications (antidepressants), psychotherapy, relaxation techniques and exercise are some of the methods of alleviating depression. If you have been diagnosed with depression, it’s important to followup with your provider regularly. Your provider will determine if your treatment is effective and make adjustments if needed.
Adults Need Vaccines Too
You never outgrow the need for vaccines. Adults need vaccines to stay healthy—just like kids do. When you get vaccinated, you’re protecting both yourself and your family. All adults need the tetanus (Td or Tdap) vaccine and an annual influenza (flu) vaccine. Other vaccines you may need as an adult are determined by factors such as age and current health conditions. For adult vaccine schedules and more information, visit adultvaccination.org. Talk to your healthcare provider about which vaccines are right for you.