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Hampshire blood vessel screening trials rolled out across England

5 August 2013 Last updated at 18:31 BST

A screening programme for a life-threatening condition which was trialled in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is to be rolled out across the country.

Men are six times more likely than women to suffer from an aortic aneurysm, which kill about 6,000 males a year.

Ultrasound scans of the heart's main artery are given to men aged over 65 to check whether there is a widening of the blood vessels, which could lead to an aortic aneurysm.

So far 20,000 men have been scanned in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

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