Welcome to NIAAASP
How AAA screening and treatment saved my life
Brian Topping recounts his experience of attending AAA screening and being diagnosed with a large aneurysm. Having had no previous symptoms and no idea that anything was wrong, Brian explains how, after prompt treatment and a period of recuperation, he is now relieved that life is back to normal.
Review of AAA Screening Leaflets and Promotional Materials
The review of Northern Ireland AAA screening information materials, which ran from September 2015 until April 2016, has successfully concluded. Contributors (pictured above) included Programme Team staff - from both the Public Health Agency and the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust - as well as PHA Communication colleagues, service users and representatives from local mens' groups.
2016 Annual Service User Event
The fourth Annual Service User Event took place on Thursday 28th April 2016 in Belfast Central Mission's Grosvenor Hall. As at previous events, all men who had been screen-detected with an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in the former screening year (2014/2015) were invited to attend. Service users who participated in this year's event included Mr Gerald and Mrs Freda Monaghan from Holywood and Mr Martin and Mrs Mildred McStravick from Glengormley (pictured above).
What it's like being diagnosed with a large AAA...
I have no doubt my attending the scan when I did saved my life.
It is so simple, it shows over 98% of men over 65 as not having an aneurysm.
If asked to attend an AAA Screening Programme scan, please take advantage of this opportunity, no matter how good you feel. It only takes ten minutes…
What is an AAA?
Animation courtesy of the NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme