Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Wells Community Hospital Trust

Telephone 01328 711996

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

If you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm you will not generally notice any symptoms.

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Men aged 65 and over are eligible for AAA screening,the NHS invites men for AAA screening during the year they turn 65. Men over 65 who have not been screened previously can arrange a screening appointment by contacting their local programme directly. Screening involves an ultrasound scan that takes around 10 minutes,the NHS AAA Screening Programme aims to reduce deaths from ruptured AAA amongst men aged 65 and over by up to 50% What is screening? If you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm you will not generally notice any symptoms. This means that you cannot tell if you have one, as you will not feel any pain or notice anything different. The NHS offers screening in order to find aneurysms early so they can be checked regularly or treated if needed. The easiest way to find out if you have an aneurysm is to have an ultrasound scan of your abdomen. The NHS AAA Screening Programme was introduced after research showed it should reduce the number of deaths from burst aneurysms among men aged 65 and over by up to 50%. Screening is a process of identifying apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition. They can then be offered information, further tests and appropriate treatment to reduce their risk and/or any complications arising from the disease or condition. The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) assesses the evidence for screening programmes against a set of internationally recognised criteria to ensure screening does more good than harm. The UK NSC website includes an animated explanation of the screening process and a screening timeline showing optimum ages for screening throughout a person's life.

Location: Wells Community Hospital
Clinician: Natasha Southerland, Phone: 01328 711996, Email: admin@wellshospital.co.uk
Availability: Sarah Pond Norfolk & Waveney AAA Screening Programme Coordinator advises men who are older than 65 and have never had screening or treatment for a AAA they can request to be screened by contacting their local programme on 01603 288218 or email the programme administrator Nicholas Loveridge at nicholas.loveridge@nnuh.nhs.uk
Cost: NHS - Free
More information: http://aaa.screening.nhs.uk

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Fri 21 Dec 2018 10:00am