All aboard Meadowhall’s health bus

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Yorkshire men are being encouraged to visit Meadowhall for a simple screening that could save their lives.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screenings will be available at the shopping centre this Saturday (18th October) and Saturday November 1st to help create awareness about the often undetected, symptomless illness, which is mostly found in men.

The mobile health bus run by the South Yorkshire Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Programme will be offering free screenings and will be situated in Orange Zone 1 car park for drop-in sessions between 9:30am – 4:30PM.

Helen McAlinney, Programme Coordinator at the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw AAA Screening Programme called the screenings a fantastic opportunity for men of all ages.

“Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms are a symptomless swelling of the body’s main blood vessel – the aorta – which can be fatal if left unchecked.  Our screening programme checks the size of the aorta via a simple ultrasound scan and is the only way to find out if you have the condition or not.”

Meadowhall Centre Director, Darren Pearce said “AAA is of particular importance due to the nature of the illness.”

“We’re encouraging men from all over the region to come down and take advantage of the screenings of which only last a few moments, but have the potential to save thousands of lives.“

[Originally found at: http://shu-media.co.uk/news/all-aboard-meadowhalls-health-bus/]

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