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Male screening for 'silent killer' is closer.

THE first men-only national screening programme in Wales for a potentially lethal condition has come another step closer.

Public Health Wales is planning to introduce screening for abdominal aortic aortic

pertaining to or emanating from the aorta. See also aortic arch.

aortic aneurysm
occurs most often in dogs, where it is caused by Spirocerca lupi larvae, turkeys and primates, causing dyspnea, cyanosis and coughing.
 aneurysms (AAA) for men aged 65.

It has announced the NHS Wales Informatics Service will extending the current IT system, which includes bowel screening, to include a module for AAA screening. This will help support the screening programme. An AAA is a swelling of the aorta - the main blood vessel blood vessel
An elastic tubular channel, such as an artery, a vein, a sinus, or a capillary, through which the blood circulates.

blood vessel(s),
n the network of muscular tubes that carry blood.
 carrying blood from the heart to the body. They are six times more common in men than in women.

AAA is often known as a silent killer silent killer Silent lesion Medtalk Popular for a condition that may progress to very advanced stages before manifesting itself clinically  because there are no obvious symptoms. But when blood runs through a weakened aorta, the pressure can cause it to bulge outwards like a balloon and rupture or split.

This can cause significant internal bleeding and around 85% of cases will result in death.

Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms account for 2.1% of deaths in men over 65 in Wales. In 2008, there were 282 deaths as a result of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm in Wales and around 8,000 people die in the UK of this condition each year. It is estimated screening men can prevent about half of these deaths.


* Abdominal aortic aneurysms can cause internal bleeding
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Aug 1, 2011
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