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AAA Screening Programme

View a guide to abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening for people with learning disabilities.

The NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme aims to reduce aneurysm-related mortality through early detection, appropriate monitoring and treatment.

We invite all men for ultrasound screening during the year they turn 65, whilst men over 65 who have not previously been screened can self-refer.

Our programme has been running in the community of Hertfordshire since June 2013.The programme is very successful and we have screened over 22,000 gentlemen and operated on 33.We have 180 gentlemen on our surveillance programme being scanned every 3 or 12 months. Four gentlemen who were scanned a year ago and were on our surveillance programme have now been successfully operated on due to their aneurysm growing to over 5.5cm.

About the condition

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a weakening and expansion of the aorta, the main blood vessel to the body.

Large aneurysms are rare but can be very serious

Approximately 6,000 people in England and Wales die every year from ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Are they serious?

Large aneurysms are rare but can be very serious, as the wall of the aorta stretches it becomes weaker and could burst , it this happens your chance of surviving is only about 20 out of 100.

Surgery is the most common  treatment to repair large aneurysms that are found through screening. Approximately 97 to 98 out of every 100 patients make a full recovery from AAA repair surgery.

An aorta which is only slightly larger than normal is not dangerous. However it is still important to know about it and to monitor its growth at regular intervals.

Who is at risk?

Men are approximately six times more likely to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm than women. The chance of having an aneurysm increases with age.

The risk of having an abdominal aortic aneurysm can also increase:

For more information

Visit the NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme website

Call us on 01727 897719

Email us at wherts-tr.surgicalscreeningenhs.net

Please help us continue to save lives; a ruptured AAA can be fatal and often men have no symptoms of the condition.

If you would like to find out more about our programme do not hesitate to contact me, or view the AAA Screening Programme website www.aaa.screening.nhs.uk.