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Treatment

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the main blood vessel running from your heart to your tummy. It can be dangerous if it's not spotted early.

There are usually no early symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. A screening test can spot an aneurysm if you're at risk of them.

Treatment for an abdominal aortic aneurysm is usually only needed if there's a risk it could burst. Large aneurysms can be treated with surgery.

Things that increase your risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm include being a man over 65, smoking and having high blood pressure.

You can reduce your risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm with a healthy lifestyle, such as eating healthily, cutting down on alcohol and not smoking.

Read more on the NHS website.

There are usually no early symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. A screening test can spot an aneurysm if you're at risk of them.

Symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)

AAAs do not usually cause any obvious symptoms, and are often only picked up during screening or tests carried out for another reason.

Some people with an AAA have:

If an AAA bursts, it can cause:

Call 999 for an ambulance immediately if you or someone else develops symptoms of a burst AAA.

Read more on the NHS website.

Treatment for an abdominal aortic aneurysm is usually only needed if there's a risk it could burst. Large aneurysms can be treated with surgery.

Medical treatments

The recommended treatment for an AAA depends on how big it is.

Treatment is not always needed straight away if the risk of an AAA bursting is low.

Treatment for a:

  • small AAA (3cm to 4.4cm across) – ultrasound scans are recommended every year to check if it's getting bigger; you'll be advised about healthy lifestyle changes to help stop it growing
  • medium AAA (4.5cm to 5.4cm) – ultrasound scans are recommended every 3 months to check if it's getting bigger; you'll also be advised about healthy lifestyle changes
  • large AAA (5.5cm or more) – surgery to stop it getting bigger or bursting is usually recommended

Ask your doctor if you're not sure what size your AAA is.

Read more on the NHS website.

You can reduce your risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm with a healthy lifestyle, such as eating healthily, cutting down on alcohol and not smoking.

Read more on the NHS website.

Things that increase your risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm include being a man over 65, smoking and having high blood pressure.

Read more on the NHS website.