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AAA Screening: Best Money Ever Spent

admin - July 6, 2011

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm ScreeningA recent documentary called “24 hours in A&E” aired on Channel 4 in the UK on June 29, 2011.

This documentary follows John and his wife Brenda at King’s College Hospital after the results of an ultrasound health screening by Life Line Screening UK showed John had “an aortic aneurysm, a dramatic swelling of the body’s main artery.”

Further testing at King’s revealed an 8 centimeter abdominal aortic aneurysm that could have ended the life of 77-year-old John had it burst.

Jacqui Butler, one of the A&E doctors caring for John comments to him, “That health check was worth having.  It was money well spent….  Best £140 you ever spent I reckon.” 

Watch this documentary on YouTube now at:

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

An important takeaway from the video is that an abdominal aortic aneurysm may not show any warning signs until a medical emergency occurs. So, a person can “physiologically be quite unwell but because there’s still enough blood pressure to circulate to the brain and the skin and all those sorts of things, they don’t necessarily appear sick” but “if it pops then that could be the end of you.” Hence, an AAA screening really can help you to stay ahead of just such a medical emergency.

See more abdominal aortic aneurysm personal stories on YouTube.


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