Here come some new medical guidelines…

imageThe United States Preventive Services Task Force, USPSTF, is an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention that systematically reviews medical evidence and develops recommendations. At times, the USPSTF seems conservative, but overall gives worthwhile advice. Some of their latest 2015 recommendations are as follows:

Who needs aortic aneurysm screening? Men aged 65 to 75 (who have EVER smoked) should have a one-time screening to rule out abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). This screening is done by an ultrasound. The risk of having an abdominal aortic aneurysm is for the aneurysm to grow in size and to burst. When it bursts, it often causes rapid death.

Incidentally, the USPSTF specifically states that women who have never smoked should NOT be screened for AAA.

I’ll write about more USPSTF guidelines in future blogs.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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