Champion Testimonials – AAA

Champion Testimonials – AAA

Men aged 65 years and over are routinely invited to take part in the AAA screening programme; screening for AAA can reduce the number of deaths from burst aneurysms [in this age group] by up to 50%.

If this isn’t enough to get you, or someone you know, to take part read some of these champion testimonials:



Anonymous – 20.11.18

“”I applied for the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme in 2016 which was done in X-Ray Department and the diagnosis was that they found my abdominal aortic aneurysm wider than expected.

They arranged admission to Xanit hospital thereafter for operation by vascular surgeon Pedro Arrandas. The operation went well and they introduced a big stent with X2 cuts at the left and right inguinal canal. I suggested they use epidural anaesthetic which paralyses the waist downwards. Post-op dressings were done by a surgical dressings nurse at St. Bernard’s hospital.

I would recommend this simple test to anyone who could have an abdominal aortic aneurysm for it can be dangerous if left unattended with fatal consequences due to heavy bleeding.”


John Sampere – 30.11.18

“It was in May 2015, when I was given an appointment for an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm scan. The scan only took a few minutes and the doctor, as all was normal, was able to let me know on the spot.

When I first saw the advert at the hospital, encouraging people to have the scan taken, my first reaction was to say “ha this is not for me it is for others”.

But after enquiring using Google I realised, that it makes sense, to have the scan taken. Among other considerations an aneurysm if not detected early can be life threatening.

Prevention is always better than cure.

I would therefore encourage all men within the GHA risk age bracket to have it done at the earliest convenience.”


Tony Cruz – 30.11.18

“I believe that an x-ray of the abdomen (often done for other reasons) may show calcium deposits lining the wall of an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in some, but not all cases. In this way a AAA is picked up by chance.

 An ultrasound scan is the easiest way to detect a AAA which is a completely painless test, so much so that I can’t even remember when it was done, the only thing is that I must have been a negative result as I didn’t have any come back.

In addition I also believe that a more detail scan, such as a computerised tomography (CT) scan is sometimes done. This may be done if your doctor needs to know whether the aneurysm is affecting any of the blood vessels (arteries) that come off the aorta.

Therefore it’s best to be safe than sorry, so I recommend this procedure to anyone as it’s completely painless and can definitely save your life.”


David Wilson – 7.12.18

“Maybe 4 or 5 years ago, I read about Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) and realised first it only affected men aged about 65 years and secondly the seriousness of it if you developed the condition, often proving fatal. As I understand you do not know the condition is present until it is too late. Therefore when I read about the screening option offered by the GHA I decided, as I was the correct age, I would ask for a screening appointment. I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.

I received an appointment, without a long wait, to attend the X-Ray Department. I can remember the scan was simple, without invasion of privacy. The Radiologist indicated that everything was in order and within days I received an official letter from the GHA confirming that everything was normal and that there was nothing to worry about.

The screening will detect early signs of the condition which can then be treated to prevent the risk of fatality.

After reading about AAA and what happens I can now carry on enjoying life.”