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AAA Screening

What is AAA?

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a bulge or swelling in the aorta, the main blood vessel that runs from the heart down through the chest and tummy.  Find out more about AAA on the NHS website.

Screening

The AAA screening test is a quick and painless ultrasound scan of the abdomen (tummy).

AAA screening is offered to men aged 65 years and over. This is the group that is most at risk of AAAs and screening can help spot a swelling in the aorta at an early stage.

Screening is not routinely offered to groups where there is a smaller risk of an AAA. These are:

  • men under the age of 65
  • women
  • anyone who has already been treated for an AAA

Find out more about AAA screening on the NHS website.

Book an appointment

Men who are resident in England receive an invitation in the post for screening when they are aged 64 or 65.

Men over 65 who have not received an invitation can contact 01903 843834 to make an appointment. Clinics are available at Battle Health Centre.

Any women, or men under 65 who think they are at higher risk (for example, due to family history of the condition) can talk to their GP about the possibility of having a scan outside the screening programme.