By Jordan Sanford, Analyst
Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are a silent killer. Although the annual incidence rate of AAA is only a few out of every thousand people, it is the 15th leading cause of death in the United States and the 10th leading cause of death in men older than 55. This is largely attributed to the fact that the majority of AAA patients are asymptomatic and one-third of AAAs will eventually rupture if left untreated, leaving patients with a grim outlook. More than half of patients with a ruptured AAA die before reaching the hospital, and even those who do make it to the hospital only have a 50% chance of surviving the emergency surgery.
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