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Abdominal aortic aneurysm: Quiz

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1. For the development of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), important risk factors are:  Smoking, sex, age and heredity Intense physical distress The presence of diabetes mellitus

2. Patients with a large abdominal aortic aneurysm have usually got early warning symptoms.  True False

3. It is recommended that all patients known to have an AAA regardless of its size:  Control their risk factors and possibly take appropriate medications Undergo aneurysm repair Both undergo aneurysm repair and take medications

4. In order to select which method of repair (i.e. open surgical vs endovascular) is more appropriate for a patient with a large AAA:  The vascular surgeon's decision is not affected by any co-existing medical conditions of the patient The chronological age of the patient is the main criterion Both the anatomical features of the aneurysm and the overall health condition of the patient are taken into consideration

5. Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR):  May not be performed on individuals over 80 years of age Is a good option for some patients, but follow-up with CT angiography or special ultrasonography is required for life Reduces the risk for future aortic rupture to almost zero, even without follow-up

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