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Eddie's Story - Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening

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Eddie's Story - Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening

Eddie's Story - Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening

Introduction to AAA

An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is a swelling or ballooning in the abdominal part of the aorta, the largest artery in the body. If untreated, it can lead to life-threatening complications, such as aortic rupture. This condition is especially common among men aged 65 and older, making regular screening essential.

Eddie's Experience

Eddie, a 67-year-old retired engineer in the United Kingdom, volunteered for an AAA screening after receiving an invitation letter from the NHS. Like many men his age, Eddie was unaware of his risk for this condition. Taking the screening saved his life. “I had no symptoms,” Eddie said, “but the scan showed that I had a large aneurysm that needed immediate attention.”

The Screening Process

The AAA screening Eddie underwent was simple, quick, and non-invasive. It involved an ultrasound scan of his abdomen, which took about 10-15 minutes. The technician applied a gel to his stomach area and used a small device to visualize his aorta on a screen. Eddie received his results immediately.

Importance of Early Detection

Detecting AAA early can significantly reduce the risk of aortic rupture. For Eddie, the screening led to a life-saving surgery where his aneurysm was repaired with a graft. According to the NHS, men over 65 are automatically invited for screening, offering early diagnosis and timely intervention.

National Health Service (NHS) Role

The NHS AAA Screening Programme is a vital service aimed at men aged 65 and over. Men eligible for the programme receive an invitation by post. Those over 65 who haven’t been screened can self-refer. This initiative highlights the importance of preventive measures and early detection in improving health outcomes.


Eddie’s story underscores the significance of AAA screening in saving lives. Regular screening can identify aneurysms at an early stage, leading to prompt treatment before complications arise. It is an invaluable service provided by the NHS, targeted at preserving the health and well-being of older men in the UK.

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