Rotherham men know the score on AAA screening

Friday 29th November 2019

Rotherham men know the score on AAA screening

The South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) programme showcased its tactical skills last week by visiting an over-50s’ football group pitch-side to talk about the importance of the free screening programme.

The AAA programme got the ball rolling by visiting the group of men, who are part of The Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, giving details about taking up the free NHS screening invites.

Aged 50 and over, the walking-football group allows its enthusiastic members to improve their fitness at a leisurely pace. Representatives from the AAA Screening programme chatted to the men about the screening process, the importance of noticing related symptoms and where to seek support.

Provided by Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, the programme informs target groups about the importance of attending screening for a potentially life-threatening Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA).

Ryan Canadine, Health Coordinator at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, said: “Our mature millers group is made up of males aged over 50 who share a passion for Rotherham United and fitness.  We meet weekly and talk about the weekends game and also discuss general health, this is  followed by a fitness session.  The group play in tournaments and travel all over the country and have recently played in Portugal.  If you love football (and Rotherham United!) come and join us.”

An AAA is a swelling of the aorta and is the main blood vessel that leads away from the heart, down through the abdomen to the rest of the body. It is a potentially life threatening condition and often causes no noticeable symptoms.

Screening consists of a painless, non-invasive ultrasound scan, offered to men aged 65 and over, which can spot a swelling in the aorta early on when it can be treated.  The results are given to the patient at the end of the test and there are 36 locations across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw where men can be screened.  The Trust also have access to a health bus that can be taken to different locations making it even more convenient and accessible.  The aorta can weaken with age and is most common in older men. 

Babatunde Fakolade, AAA Screening Programme Manager, said: ”Around 1 in 70 men aged 65 in England has an AAA and around 3,000 deaths occur each year in men aged 65 and over  from ruptured AAA.  The programme aims to reduce this figure by detecting AAA’s early and offering appropriate monitoring or treatment.  If undetected, the condition can be fatal.  Men who have AAA will not normally notice any symptoms, which is why screening is so important. The test is simple, non-invasive and usually takes less than ten minutes.”

If you’re male over the age of 65 and have not yet been screened please contact the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw AAA Screening Programme on Tel: 01709 649100.  For more information and details on locations, go to: http://aaa.dbh.nhs.uk/

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