Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening

Two older men sitting on a couch and discussing AAA Screening

In the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening section you can find out what an AAA is, how the AAA screening test works and what the results mean.

You can also read about the risks and benefits of AAA screening, how to change your lifestyle to reduce your chance of developing an AAA and where to go for further information.

What is an AAA?

The aorta is the main artery that supplies blood to your body. It runs from your heart down through your chest and abdomen (tummy).

As we get older, some people find the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak and balloon out to form an aneurysm. This is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Who is AAA screening for?

All men aged 65 in Scotland are invited to attend AAA screening.

If you are a man aged over 65 and you have never been for AAA screening, you can contact your local AAA screening centre directly to make an appointment to be screened.

You can also talk to your GP or call us at NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88 or textphone 18001 0800 22 44 88 (interpreting service provided) for further information.

How common is the condition?

The condition is most common in men aged 65 and over.

It is estimated that about one in every 20 men aged 65 in Scotland has an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Diagram of an abdominal aortic aneurysm

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Last updated: 18 November 2015