AAA Screening – South Manchester

The NHS funded National Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme aims to reduce deaths in men aged 65 and over by detecting AAA’s early and offering appropriate monitoring or treatment.

An estimated 80,000 men in England and Wales are affected by the condition, which is caused when the main blood vessel in the abdomen – the aorta – weakens and starts to expand. If undetected, the condition can be fatal. Around 6,000 people die each year from a burst AAA. The NHS AAA screening programme aims to reduce these deaths by up to 50 per cent, by detecting AAA’s early and offering appropriate monitoring or treatment.

Men who have AAA will not normally notice any symptoms, which is why screening is so important. The test is simple, non-invasive and usually takes less than ten minutes.

Contact:
For further information go to:
www.nhs.uk/aaa
www.circulationfoundation.org.uk
or Tel: 0161 291 5716