Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening is a way of checking if there is a bulge or swelling in the aorta, the main blood vessel that runs from your heart down through your stomach.


A bulge or swelling is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm, or AAA.


It can be serious if it's not found early on because it could get bigger and eventually burst or rupture.


Woodside Medical Practice supports the AAA team in undertaking screening appointments with our patients.


Who is screened for AAA?


In England, screening is offered to men during the year they turn 65. This is because men aged 65 and older are most at risk of AAAs. Screening can help identify swelling in the aorta early on, when it can be treated.


Screening for AAA is not routinely offered.


  • Women
  • Men under 65
  • People who have already been treated for AAA


This is because the risk of an AAA in those groups is much smaller. You can request a scan to check for an AAA if you think you may need one but have not been offered a screening test.


How do I get screened for AAA?


If you are registered with us and are male, you will get a screening invitation in the mail when you are 64 or soon after your 65th birthday. You can then arrange an appointment that suits you.


The appointments are not booked via the practice but directly with the AAA Screening Team.


Further information on AAA and the screening process can be found at