Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

What is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

  • an abdominal aortic aneurysm is a weakening and expansion of the aorta, the main blood vessel in the body
  • large aneurysms are rare but can be very serious
  • approximately 3,000 men aged 65 and over in England and Wales die every year from ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms

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 walls 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.

Men are approximately six times more likely to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm than women and the chance of having an aneurysm increases with age.

The risk of having an abdominal aortic aneurysm can also increase if:

  • you smoke
  • you have high blood pressure
  • your brother, sister or parent has, or has had, an abdominal aortic aneurysm

Free Screening Programme.

All men aged 65 and over are entitled to a free simple ultrasound to check for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). To book an appointment call on 0117 414 8610 or email aaascreening@nbt.nhs.uk   Further information can be found on the NHS AAA screening website.