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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening

Luton CCG runs a screening programme for men aged 65 and over to detect abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).

What is AAA?
AAA is potentially a life threatening condition. As people get older the walls of the aorta – the main blood vessel that runs from the heart down through the chest and stomach – can get thinner. This can cause a swelling or aneurysm. If the swelling bursts it can cause severe internal bleeding.

What are the symptoms of AAA?
AAA rarely produces any symptoms, which is why screening is so important.

Who should be screened?
Men are six times more likely to suffer from AAA than women, therefore the NHS invites all men aged 65 and over to attend a screening appointment.

What does screening involve?
The screening involves a quick and painless ultrasound examination of the stomach.

What is the treatment for AAA?
If AAA is detected your doctor will advise you on the treatment you need according to the size of the aneurysm. A small to medium size aneurysm will need regular monitoring while surgery may be offered to repair large aneurysms.

The risk of bursting can also be reduced through stopping smoking and reducing high blood pressure to normal levels.

AAA screening appointments
All men on reaching their 65th birthday will receive a letter inviting them to a screening appointment. If you are over 65 and have never been screened for AAA you can contact the local AAA screening service at 01234 792207 or email aaascreening@bedfordhospital.nhs.uk

For more information about AAA screening visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-screening/


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