Aortic aneurysm screens attract 70% attendance

A pilot aortic aneurysm screening programme set up in South Tyneside has proved a success, achieving 71 per cent attendance, according to UK research.

The pilot was set up in preparation for the launch of the national screening programme in 2008.

Seventy-one per cent of people, from a total of 254 who were invited for screening, attended the study in Gateshead.

Lead researcher Mr Hamdi Ashour, a consultant vascular surgeon from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, said that the study had helped to detect a number of aneurysms in high-risk individuals, which may have been left untreated.

'This is an indicator that routine screening would be of huge benefit to the region,' he said.

The pilot study will continue until late 2007.

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