Staffordshire & South Cheshire AAA screening programmeAAA 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 or AAA. The condition is most common in men aged 65 and above.
AAA screening is a free NHS national screening programme that invites men in their 65th year to attend an appointment to check if they have an AAA. The screening test is an ultra sound scan and usually takes 5 to 10 minutes to perform.
Men over 65 who have not previously been diagnosed with an aneurysm can request a scan by contacting their local programme directly on: 01782 674356 or by emailing email@example.com
The Staffordshire & South Cheshire AAA screening programme is run from Royal Stoke University Hospital and you will be invited to a local clinic for an ultra sound scan.
Clinics are held in GP surgeries and other venues throughout the area. This programme covers the area from Northwich in Cheshire down to Kinver in south Staffordshire.
Click here for a leaflet with more information on the AAA screening process or here for accessible AAA screening process leaflets including leaflets in other languages.
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