The Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening programme based at UHCW is available to all men aged 65 and over in Coventry and Warwickshire and will prevent hundreds of premature deaths.
The Coventry and Warwickshire AAA Screening Programme invites men for screening during the year they turn 65, while men over 65 who have not already been screened can arrange an appointment.
Around 5,000 people, most of them older men, die in England and Wales every year from abdominal aortic aneurysms, which are formed when the main blood vessel in the body weakens and expands. The NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme aims to prevent around half of those deaths. Men are six times more likely than women to have an AAA, which is why only men are screened.
Nigel Wood, AAA Screening Programme Manager, Coventry and Warwickshire explains:
"The screening test is a simple non-invasive ultrasound scan, similar to that offered to women in pregnancy, it only takes around 10 minutes and you receive your result straight away.
I would urge all men aged 65 and over in Coventry and Warwickshire to consider seriously the offer of screening, especially if they are in a high risk group.”
The risk of having an AAA is higher if you:
- Smoke or have ever smoked
- Have high blood pressure
- Have a close relative (parent or sibling) who has had an AAA.
If you would like to receive AAA Screening, please call the AAA Screening Programme Office for Coventry and Warwickshire on: 01788 663428 or Email: AAAScreeningProgramme@uhcw.nhs.uk with details of your NHS number.
For more information please visit the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire website.
NHS Choices have more detailed information about AAA and the national screening programme.