Aortic Aneurysm Screening

If you are a man aged over 65 you are more likely to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to your body. It runs from your heart down through your chest and abdomen. In some people, as they get older, the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak. It can then start to expand and form what is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The condition is most common in men aged 65 and above.

Are they serious?

Large aneurysms are rare but can be very serious. As the wall of the aorta stretches it becomes weaker and could burst. If this happens, your chance of surviving is only about 20 out of 100. Surgery is the most common treatment to repair large aneurysms that are found through screening. Approximately 97 to 98 out of every 100 patients make a full recovery from AAA repair surgery.

An aorta which is only slightly larger than normal is not dangerous. However, it is still important to know about it and to monitor its growth at regular intervals.

What is screening

Screening is a process of identifying apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition. They can then be offered information, further tests and appropriate treatment to reduce their risk and/or any complications arising from the disease or condition

The NHS AAA Screening Programme invites men for screening during the year (1 April to 31 March) that they turn 65.

The screening test for AAA is a simple, pain-free ultrasound scan of the abdomen that usually takes less than 10 minutes.

Men over 65 who have not previously been screened or diagnosed with an aneurysm can request a scan by contacting the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes AAA Screening Programme directly on 01234 792207.

For more information on the NHS AAA screening program visit the NHS abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme website

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