About Aorta Scans
Abdominal aortic aneurysms are relatively common and potentially life-threatening. Patients are usually asymptomatic until they expand or rupture.
There is a national abdominal aortic aneurysm screening program known as AAA screening which is offered to all men aged 65 and over, so you should check with your GP to see if you are eligible for this on the NHS.
Predisposing risk factors for abdominal aortic aneurysm include smoking, age (more common after the sixth decade), hypertension, hyperlipidemia, atherosclerosis, moderate alcohol consumption (>2 drinks per day), gender (10 times more likely in men), positive family history, and congenital disorders.