Why are men offered screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms?
Men over the age of 65 are more likely to develop an abdominal aortic aneurysm than other groups of people are. That's why they are offered for abdominal aortic aneurysms. Screening lowers the risk of the aneurysm rupturing and leading to death. But treatment is associated with serious complications.
Abdominal aortic aneurysms rarely rupture, but if they do it is a life-threatening medical emergency. Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms may be a good idea in men over the age of 65. It is done to discover larger aneurysms so that they can be operated on in order to prevent a rupture. Smaller bulges in the vessel are monitored on a regular basis to see whether they get larger.
But can have drawbacks too. Some of the aneurysms that are detected never would have caused any health problems. Knowing that you have an aneurysm can also be very distressing.