Screening – abdominal AAA

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Screening is used by the NHS in different ways this I will be talking about abdominal screening which is to do with your heart pipe though to your stomach. There’s blood vessel that runs from heart down to tummy if that bursts you can die easily. Men aged 65 or over are most at risk of getting AAAs. Screening can help spot a swelling in the aorta early on when it can usually be treated.

Screening for AAA is not routinely offered to:

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

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

If you’re over 65 years old, you can ask for a scan to check for an AAA if you think you might need one but have not been offered a screening test.

Screening for AAA involves a quick and painless ultra scan sound.

This is similar to the scan pregnant women have to check on their baby.

When you arrive for your appointment, a screening technician will check your details, explain the scan and ask if you have any questions. If you have a large AAA that mean the vessel is more likely to burst because its not in a strong position. Needs to be dealt with straight away by surgeons or antibiotics.