David among first to undergo screening

A TODMORDEN man was among the first in West Yorkshire to undergo a new type of potentially life-saving screening.

David Winslow was invited to the Todmorden Health Centre as part of the national screening programme for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (also called AAA screening).

The aorta is the main blood vessel running from the heart down through the chest and abdomen. Over time the walls can become weak and expand to form a localised ballooning of the artery which is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm. They are rare but if undetected can expand and even burst resulting in fatalities.

The screening process is a simple ultrasound scan test which is offered free of charge in a bid to reduce the number of deaths from aneurysms. The scans last around 10 minutes with the results available during the appointment.

All men aged 65 or in their 65th year will automatically be sent the invitations from the national screening progamme. Men are six times more likely to have this type of aneurysm than women

Screening programme manager Kathryn Aldous from CHFT, said: “This is a simple, non-invasive, painless ultrasound test which could potentially detect a serious life-threatening condition. With an abdominal aortic aneurysm there may not be any symptoms such as a pain so a person cannot tell if they have one.

“We would urge all men to take up the invitation. We are hearing from many of them that it is their wives who are making them attend and would urge them to take up the invitation for screening.”

Reminders are automatically sent out if a patient does not attend.