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Dr. Alfonso Munoz at a Senior Circle lecture explained the way to detect and treat abdominal aortic aneurysms, which kill 15,000 Americans annually. Symptoms can include back pain and stomach problems — but the ballooning of the artery may give no warning.

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Silent killers: Abdominal aneurysms kill 15,000 each year

Screening, treatment limit toll of vascular rupture striking 190,000 annually

Every year, 190,000 Americans develop abdominal aortic aneurysms. The resulting 15,000 deaths make it the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., Dr. Alfonso Munoz, M.D., told listeners at a recent Lunch & Learn program at the Senior Circle.


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