Abdominal Aortic Screening

The NHS invites all men for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening in their 65th year. If you are a male in this age category, you will receive an invitation. Your appointment will be approximately three weeks after you receive the invitation letter.

Men who are older than 65, and who have not previously been screened or treated for an abdominal aortic aneurysm can opt in through sepf-referral direct to the screening programme.

Why is screening important?

If a patient has a small aneurysm they will not usually notice any symptoms. Hampshire AAA Screening Programme offers screening so that they can find aneurysms early and monitor or treat them; this greatly reduces the chances of the aneurysm causing serious problems.

Who is most at risk?

Men are six times more likely to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm than women. The chance of having an aneurysm increases with age. A patient will also be at risk if:

  • They are or have been a smoker
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Any of their relatives has or have had an abdominal aortic aneurysm

Around 1 in 25 men in England aged between 65 and 74 have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. There are around 6,000 deaths each year in England and Wales from ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms. The programme targets men aged 65 and over because 95% of ruptured AAA's occur in this group. Hampshire AAA Screening programme aims to identify, monitor and refer these men to prevent mortality in the community. 

What is involved in AAA screening?

If the man accepts the invitation, an ultrasound scan of the abdomen is carried out and the aortic diameter measured.

How will I know the results of the screening?

Results are provided verbally immediately after the scan and in the post shortly afterwards.

Further information

More information can be found here.