Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening

The NHS invites all men in the year they are turning 65 for screening.

The main blood vessel that supplies blood to the body is the aorta.  The aorta runs down from the heart through the chest and abdomen.

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) occurs when the walls of the aorta weaken and expand.  As the wall stretches it becomes weaker and can rupture causing internal bleeding.

Around 85 out of 100 people die when an aneurysm bursts.  Men are 6 times more likely to have an aneurysm than women.

If you would like further information about the service please visit:

Thames Valley AA Screening Programme

Patient Information Leaflet

Men aged over 65 who have not yet been screened can contact the service to arrange a test on:

Tel: 01865 572 636 Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Email: thamesvalley.aaa@nhs.net

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