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Kmart Pharmacy spreads the word about AAA
September 10th, 2010
NEW YORK – Kmart Pharmacy is participating in a campaign to help raise public awareness of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), a silent yet deadly vascular condition currently undiagnosed in an estimated 1 million-plus Americans.
The retail pharmacy operator has joined the Find the AAAnswers Coalition and is supporting the Find the AAAnswers Campaign by helping to provide free education, risk assessments and screenings for the potentially fatal vascular disease.
With the goal of providing early detection, the campaign will offer at-risk individuals free AAA ultrasound screenings, performed by vascular technologists, at select Kmart pharmacies beginning this month. The first Find the AAAnswers screening event is slated to be held Friday at a Kmart Pharmacy in Philadelphia.
And with the assistance of a Kmart pharmacist, interested individuals can have their risk for AAA assessed during flu clinics offered at more than 900 Kmart Pharmacy locations this fall. The clinics are slated to be held Sept. 20 to Nov. 5.
The more than 1,000 Kmart Pharmacy locations across the country also will provide an educational guide that gives an overview of AAA, including disease, risk factor, screening and treatment information. In addition, a risk assessment quiz and doctor directory is available online at www.FindtheAAAnswers.org.
"With more than a thousand locations nationwide, Kmart Pharmacy is well-positioned to disseminate educational information on abdominal aortic aneurysms, review risk factors with customers and offer free ultrasound screenings at select stores, which we believe can significantly improve early detection," Robbert Ayshford, divisional vice president of pharmacy administration for Kmart Pharmacy, said in a statement.
According to the coaltion, AAA (pronounced triple A) is a blood-filled bulge or ballooning of the abdominal aorta, and over time the aneurysm can weaken and burst unexpectedly with fatal consequences, making it the third leading cause of sudden death in men over age 60. More than a million people are living with an undiagnosed AAA, and only 10% to 25% of them will survive if their aneurysm ruptures. The risk for AAA increases in individuals age 60 and older as well as in those who have a history of smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or a family history of the disease.
"When detected early, 95% of AAAs can be managed and successfully treated," explained Thomas Maldonado, M.D., associate professor of vascular surgery at New York University Langone Medical Center and a Find the AAAnswers Coalition member. "Screening for AAA is our best chance to help save lives, and with Kmart Pharmacy as our national screening and education partner, we can educate many more Americans about AAA before it's too late."
Find the AAAnswers is a public education campaign designed to raise awareness of abdominal aortic aneurysms and encourage at-risk individuals to be screened. The program is sponsored by Medtronic and supported by the Find the AAAnswers Coalition, an alliance of concerned medical societies that have united to provide information about AAA. Members include the American College of Preventive Medicine, the Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society, the Society for Vascular Nursing, the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Society for Vascular Ultrasound.