What is it:
An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a weakening and expansion of the aorta, the main blood vessel in the body
Large aneurysms are rare but can be very serious
Approximately 6,000 people in England and Wales die every year from ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms
See http://aaa.screening.nhs.uk/aaainfo for more details.
- The UK Government has introduced a screening program for men aged 65 and over.
- Men aged 65 and over are eligible for AAA screening. The NHS invites men for AAA screening during the year they turn 65.
- Men over 65 who have not been screened previously can arrange a screening appointment by contacting their local programme directly.
Screening involves an ultrasound scan that takes around 10 minutes
The NHS AAA Screening Programme aims to reduce deaths from ruptured AAA amongst men aged 65 and over by up to 50%.
Full details of the screening program can be found at http://aaa.screening.nhs.uk/aaascreening along with lots of other useful information.
If you are already 65 or over and would like to be screened please call 01384 321125 for an appointment.
NOTE! Screening cannot be booked via the surgery only by calling the above number.