New health screening project for the over 65s

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Men aged over 65 in South Yorkshire are being urged to take part in a new health screening programme to spot potentially fatal ruptured blood vessels.

The scheme aims to reduce the number of people who die from an abdominal aortic aneurysm every year, which is caused when the main blood vessel in the abdomen – the aorta – weakens and starts to expand.

If undetected, the aorta can rupture, sparking a life-threatening medical emergency.

As part of the NHS AAA Screening Programme, around 8,500 men in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw will be invited to be tested in the year they turn 65.

Men who are already over 65 can arrange an appointment by contacting the programme office directly.

n Men over 65 should email dbh-tr.dbhaaa@nhs.net or call 01709 321189 to make an appointment. Visit www.aaa.screening.nhs.uk for more information.