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Emergency Vascular Surgery Saves Maryland Visitor

Rapid Diagnosis and Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm By Garden City Vascular Surgeon at Mercy Medical Center

(July 13, 2009 – Rockville Centre, NY) – Dennis Brady is a lucky man, twice over!

Three years ago, during routine medical tests, it was discovered that the 80-year-old Maryland resident had an abdominal aortic aneurysm. AAA, as it's often known, is a ballooning of the wall of the main vessel supplying blood to the abdomen and lower extremities, which often develops without symptoms and ruptures without warning with often fatal results, taking the lives of approximately 15,000 Americans each year. Mr. Brady's condition was discovered before any damage was done and repaired using a minimally-invasive procedure known as endovascular stent grafting.

However last month, while visiting his sister in Hempstead, Mr. Brady experienced a persistent abdominal pain, and a visit to the Mercy Medical Center Emergency Department quickly identified the problem as enlargement and rupture of the aneurysm despite the earlier surgery. Dr. Xenophon Xenophontos of Garden City, Mercy's Chief of Vascular Surgery, was able to repair the damage with an aortic graft, thus preventing for a second time the likelihood that Mr. Brady would succumb to a condition that has claimed the lives of many notables, including Albert Einstein, George C. Scott and Lucille Ball.

Abdominal aortic aneurysms are most common after 60 years of age and men are five times more likely than women to be affected. Risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and family history. The condition can be identified by a quick, painless abdominal ultrasound. Such examinations are recommended for all older people who are at risk for AAA.

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