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NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a weakening and expansion of the aorta, the main blood vessel in the body. 

 

There is a new NHS programme to screen men for AAA. 

The key facts are:

 

  • 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%

 

 

More information can be found at http://aaa.screening.nhs.uk/



 
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