MIMS Education

Aortic Aneurysms: Keeping Watch Before They Rupture

Aortic Aneurysms: Keeping Watch Before They Rupture

Internal MedicineEmergency MedicineFamily MedicineGeneral PracticeSurgery
A badge with ribbon in color black CME Unit: 1 Point | An analog clock in color black 1 hour | A black calendar with white triangle in center that has a black exclamation point in the middle 02 Dec 2022 


About this course

An aortic aneurysm (AA) is a balloon-like bulge in the aorta. Most aneurysms are silent; however, it can turn into a deadly medical emergency if it ruptures. Early detection and management are thus imperative. This module provides a brief overview of AA, discusses who are at risk and needs screening, and offers some interventions to prevent development or worsening of AA.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the educational activity, health care providers should be able to
  • Determine why aortic aneurysms can be deadly if left untreated
  • Identify the signs that might alert the presence of an aortic aneurysm, and practical ways that could prevent this “silent killer” from reaching the point of rupture

Topics covered

  • Overview of AA – introduction, types of AA
  • Diagnosing AA
    • Risk population
    • Imaging tools for screening and diagnosis
  • Interventions
    • Lifestyle changes
    • Smoking cessation
    • Pharmacologic interventions to manage cardiovascular risk
    • Regular screening
    • Surgical options

1 CME Point Available

  • This module is accredited for 1 CME Point for medical practitioners enrolled in The Medical Council of Hong Kong’s Continuing Medical Education Programme for Practising Doctors who are not taking CME for Specialists.
  • This module is accredited for 1 CME Point for fellows of the Hong Kong College of Physicians.
  • Please note that this module will not earn CME credit for fellows of colleges not listed here.
  • A certificate can be downloaded upon successful completion of the quiz. Please use the information on the certificate to claim your CME points.

Reviewed and endorsed by

HKSEMS_high resolution_logo.jpg