In celebration of Heart Month, we will be featuring regular insights from UChicago Medicine’s heart and vascular experts on how to be better caretakers of our hearts. And with good reason – heart disease is the number one killer of men and women, surpassing both cancer and stroke. Here are three steps you can take to be more mindful of your heart health.
The circulatory system is an important part of a person's overall health, but it's often overlooked until they begin experiencing symptoms of vascular disease. A key component of a person's circulatory, or vascular, system is the abdominal aorta, the main blood vessel that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis and legs. Most people don't even know it's there, but in some patients it can expand and create what's called an aneurysm. An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) can be deadly if it ruptures, so it's important to know who is at risk and screen them early before it turns into a life-threatening situation.