NHS SCREENING PROGRAMMES
ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM

The main risk for developing
an aneurysm is being a man.

They are much more common
in men than women.

JONATHAN EARNSHAW
CONSULTANT VASCULAR SURGEON

AND DIRECTOR OF NHS AAA
SCREENING PROGRAMME

Then there is increasing age.

The older you get, the more likely
you are to get an aneurysm.

They're very rare in men under 65.

Aneurysms develop in people

who have risk factors
for hardening of the arteries,

similar to those
for heart attack and stroke.

This particularly includes
people who smoke,

those who have high cholesterol
levels, high blood pressure

and those who are overweight
and do not take enough exercise.

Also, there is a risk of aneurysms
running in families.

If you have a first degree relative,
such as a parent,

or a brother or a sister
who's had an aneurysm,

then you're at greater risk
of getting an aneurysm yourself.