Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening (AAA)

What is an AAA?

The aorta is the main artery that supplies blood to your body. It runs from your heart down through your chest and abdomen (tummy). As some people get older, the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak and balloon out to form an aneurysm. This is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Who is AAA screening for?

In Scotland, from 2013, men aged 65 are being invited for screening. Screening involves an ultrasound scan of the abdomen. More information about the test is available at


or by calling NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88 or textphone 18001 0800 22 44 88. The helpline also provides an interpreting service for further information.

Tillicoultry Medical Practice supports this screening programme and if you receive a screening invitation we recommend that you attend. The GPs at the practice can also answer any questions you may have about the test.

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