AAA screening is a simple ultrasound test which the NHS offers free of charge to all men in the year they turn 65.
Men are six times more likely to have this type of aneurysm than women. The chance of having an aneurysm increases with age. Your chance of having an abdominal aortic aneurysm can also increase if you smoke, you have high blood pressure or your brother, sister or parent has, or has had, an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
There are four possible results from the ultrasound scan:
NORMAL :: < 3cm :: No further screening required
SMALL aneurysm found :: 3cm - 4.4cm :: Follow-up scans every 12 months
MEDIUM aneurysm found :: 4.5 - 5.4cm :: Follow-up scans every 3 months
LARGE aneurysm found :: 5.5cm and larger :: Specialist referral (about 1/100)
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