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An AAA will often cause few or no obvious symptoms, but if it's left to get bigger, it could burst and cause life-threatening bleeding inside your tummy.
About 8 in every 10 people who have a burst AAA die before they get to hospital or do not survive emergency surgery to repair it. If an AAA is found, you can choose to have regular scans to monitor it or surgery to stop it bursting.
For the scan: The whole test usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
Sometimes the technician might not be able to see your aorta clearly. If this happens, you'll be asked to have another scan, usually on a different day. If any problem is found, you'll also be a sent letter confirming the result and letting you know what happens next. If your aorta is less than 3cm wide, this means it's not enlarged. You will not need to have any treatment or monitoring afterwards, and will not be invited for AAA screening again.
If you have a small AAA, this means your aorta measures 3cm to 4.4cm across. You will not need any treatment at this stage as the chance of the AAA bursting is small.
You'll be invited back for a scan every year to check its size.
All parents want to be there when their teen driver breaks down on the road.
It's up to you to decide if you want to be screened for AAA.
While there are clear benefits of screening, you should also consider the possible risks.
The screening test is very quick, painless and reliable.
Research suggests it can halve the risk of dying from an AAA.