What is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)?
The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to the body.As some people 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 (AAA). The condition is most common in men over the age of 65 and often has no symptoms. Large aneurysms are rare but can be very serious. If they rupture they cause massive internal bleeding which is usually fatal.
In Wiltshire the AAA Screening Programme is provided by Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. It aims to reduce deaths from ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms by up to 50% by detecting them early and monitoring and treating them appropriately. Women are not invited for screening because 95% of ruptured AAA occur in men over 65.
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