Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a condition affecting the aorta, the main blood vessel supplying blood to the body. In some people, as they get older, the wall of the abdomen can become weak and start to expand, forming an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

The condition is most common in men aged 65 and over, affecting 1 in 70 men over that age. It is far less common in women.

It is a serious condition if the aneurysm becomes large, and is likely to be fatal if it bursts. However, AAA is a treatable condition if identified and so the NHS has launched a screening program for men when they reach the age of 65, who should be contacted by their GP. However, men over 65 who have not previously been contacted for screening can request a screening scan by visiting the NHS AAA Screening website.

For further information, download the Public Health England AAA information leaflet , visit the NHS AAA screening web page or contact your GP.


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