The NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme for men over 65 years old will soon be inviting patients for screening.
An AAA is formed when the main blood vessel in the body weakens and starts to expand. As they expand, large AAAs can burst. This is a medical emergency that is fatal in around 80 out of every 100 cases.
Men aged 65 and over are most at risk of AAA. The NHS AAA Screening Programme invites men in England for screening during the year they turn 65. Men over 65 can contact the programme to arrange to be screened.
Research shows screening should prevent around 2,000 premature deaths from ruptured AAA every year through early detection, appropriate monitoring and treatment.
To read the information sheet for men aged 65 and over which will help you decide if you want to get screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) click here AAA_screening poster
If you want to refer yourself please download this form AAA Self Referral Form (Updated 05.06.2014) and post, email it or call the details on the form.