Hey, guys and gals, another thing you need to be vigilant for is an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Though anyone can get them, they seem to be more prevalent in men than women and are a leading cause of death in older men.
An abdominal aortic aneurysm, or AAA, is a weak spot in an artery wall in the stomach and can be hereditary and is also more common in smokers. You can and should get a screening to make sure you’re not going to have one of these. Should something be found, modern medicine has a much easier way of treating it now than in the past.
Nowadays, this can be repaired under local anesthetic (if you have the stomach for it!) and only takes about five days for recovery.