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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening


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. That is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm.


Who is AAA screening for?

Scotland ’s abdominal aortic aneurysm screening programme is being introduced gradually in phases to make sure it works as effectively as possible. By the end of 2013, all men aged 65 in Scotland will be invited to attend screening.

If you are a man aged over 65 and you have never been for AAA screening, contact 0800 22 44 88 or textphone 18001 0800 22 44 88. The helpline also provides an interpreting service for further information.




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