For the year ending 31 March 2017 but only published 6 March 2018, the uptake of AAA screening of men tested before the age of 66 and a quarter was 84%, well above the 70% target. All of Scotland health boards achieved 80% or higher. The only negative is that, in more deprived areas the level of screening was lower though always above the 70% target.
Uptake in England was only 79.5% and in Wales it was only 80.1%. Northern Ireland came closest with a figure of 83%
The importance of the AAA take-up is made clear in this statement:
‘AAAs usually cause no symptoms, but if they burst they are extremely dangerous and usually fatal. Around 8 out of 10 people with a ruptured AAA either die before they reach hospital or don’t survive surgery. Early detection is important because once identified AAAs can be monitored or treated, greatly reducing the chances of the aneurysm causing serious problems in the future.’