Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is a bulge or swelling of the aorta, the main blood vessel that runs from the heart down through the chest and tummy. The disease often causes few or no obvious symptoms, and if left, the swelling can grow larger over time and could potentially rupture, which can be fatal.

Screening for AAA is offered to men during the year they turn 65 as men aged 65 or over are most at risk of AAAs. Screening can help spot a swelling in the aorta early on when it can be treated.

Screening for AAA isn’t routinely offered to:

  • women
  • men under 65
  • people who’ve already been treated for an AAA

This is because the risk of an AAA is much smaller in these groups.

You can ask for a scan to check for an AAA if you think you might need one but haven’t been offered a screening test.

For more information on AAA and how to self refer visit our website: aaa.dbh.nhs.uk/.  We have produced a video which walks you through what a AAA screening appointment entails. Its only a few minutes long and may answer any questions you may have:

Below are some recent press release about the service, to read more click below:

Hospital screening team offer patients a choice of venues for their annual diabetic eye appointments
Ten minute scan potentially saves the life of local man

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