Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening team at Bristol Islamic Cultural Fayre on Sunday

Friday, 4 August 2017

We will be attending the Bristol Islamic Cultural Fayre on Sunday (August 6) to spread the word about Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening.

The event in Eastville Park features live performances, food stalls, a five-a-side football tournament and dozens of stalls – including one to be hosted by the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening team.

An AAA happens when the main blood vessel in the body weakens and expands. If an undiagnosed AAA ruptures it can be a medical emergency and possibly fatal.

All men over the age of 65 are invited for AAA screening, which is carried out using a quick, non-invasive ultrasound test.

More than 98% of men screened have a normal result. And if an AAA is discovered early, monitored and – if necessary – repaired using surgery, survival rates are high.

We host the Bristol Bath and Weston (BBW) AAA Screening Programme at North Bristol NHS Trust, screening 6,000 - 7,0000 men a year.

Members of the team will be available to speak to at the Bristol Islamic Cultural Fayre for anyone who has questions about AAA and the screening process.

The Fayre runs from 12 midday until 6pm.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/IslamicCulturalFayre/

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening - facts

All men aged 65 are invited for this free NHS ultrasound test.
The test takes approximately 10 minutes and the results are given there and then.
About 1 in 100 men will be found to have an AAA, usually smaller in size.  These are monitored over time until they are large enough to be considered for a procedure.
Risk factors can include smoking, family history, high blood pressure, obesity.
Screening usually takes place at your own GP surgery.
If you are over 65 you can self-refer by calling 0117 414 8610.