Screening For Aortic Aneurysm
Who is invited for AAA screening?
If you are a man aged over 65 you are more likely to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. That is why the NHS AAA Screening Programme invites men for screening during the year (1 April to 31 March) that they turn 65.
- 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%
If you would like to ask me about screening for aortic aneurysm then please ask me today. Free email advice from a real doctor.
Dr Helen Webberley MBChB MRCGP MFSRH
GP and Reproductive Health Specialist
Dr Webberley is an NHS GP in South Wales and also runs a private General Practice service online.
Why is screening important?
If you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm you will not generally notice any symptoms. This means that you cannot tell if you have one, as you will not feel any pain or notice anything different.
The NHS offers screening in order to find aneurysms early so they can be checked regularly or treated if needed. The easiest way to find out if you have an aneurysm is to have an ultrasound scan of your abdomen.
The NHS AAA Screening Programme was introduced after research showed it should reduce the number of deaths from burst aneurysms among men aged 65 and over by up to 50%.
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