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Men! Ten Minutes to Save Your Life!

Toby Perkins MP with technicians and patient Mr Vaughan Lewis

Toby Perkins MP with technicians and patient Mr Vaughan Lewis

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins visited a screening programme at Chesterfield Royal Hospital that has proven highly successful in detecting a potentially fatal condition in men.  No one knows that they have this condition, and a simple one-off non invasive, painless scan can detect potential issues which can be successfully treated.  If the result is clear, the process never needs to be repeated.

Men aged 65 and over from Derbyshire are being encouraged to come forward for life-saving screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (also known as AAAs) as part of a national screening programme.

The aim of the NHS AAA Screening Programme is to reduce deaths from the condition by up to 50 percent by encouraging men aged 65 and over to come forward for screening for this potentially life threatening condition.

In some men, as they get older, the wall of the aorta, which is the main blood vessel in the abdomen, can become weak. It can then start to expand and form what is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm or AAA. If left undetected, an AAA can burst and cause severe internal bleeding which is usually fatal.

Toby Perkins said “I would encourage all men over the age of 65 to contact the screening programme and come forward for this very simple life saving scan.  Sudden death is not only a waste of your life, but a traumatic experience for your loved ones; why take the risk?  Having watched the procedure I can assure you it is simple, quick and gives you an immediate result.  I will have no hesitation, on reaching my 65th birthday, to come forward for this scan and I would encourage all men to do the same.”

Mr John Quarmby, Clinical Director of the AAA Screening Programme and Consultant Vascular Surgeon for Derby Hospitals said: “Men who have an abdominal aortic aneurysm will not generally notice any symptoms, which is why screening is so important.

“If we scan a patient and tell him that his aorta is fine then that is a good result. If we scan him and tell him he has an aneurysm then that is also a good result because he has been made aware of a possible life threatening condition which will then be closely monitored, ultimately with a view to having surgery at an age and a time that is best for that patient.”

Men in their 65th year will get an automatic invitation and those men aged 66 or over can self-refer for screening by contacting the Derbyshire AAA Screening Programme on 01332 789859 / 783485 quoting their ten digit NHS number to arrange an appointment or go to www.derbyhospitals.nhs.uk/about/depts/aaa/. Contact can also be made via email dhft.AAAScreening@nhs.net.

 

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