AAA stands for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to your body. It runs from your heart down through your chest and abdomen.
In some people, as they get older, the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak. It can then start to expand and form what is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The condition is most common in men aged 65 and above. AAA screening is a free NHS national screening programme that invites men aged 65 plus to attend an appointment to check if they have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The screening is by invitation and uses an ultra sound scan. If you are a man aged over 65 you are more likely to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm than any other demographic so this is why you will be invited for screening.
Men over 65 who have not previously been diagnosed with an aneurysm can request a scan by contacting their local screening service directly on: 0191 445 2554
The North East of England and North Cumbria AAA Screening Service is hosted by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital but you will be invited to a local clinic for an ultra sound scan. You can find out more about their service here.