Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Clinics

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Jul 152014


Are you male, over the age of 65 and have not yet had a AAA Scan?

If so, please contact the Dorset and Wiltshire AAA Screening programme on 01722 336262 ext 2640 or 2539

Email : AAAscreening@salisbury.nhs.uk

Please have your NHS number available.

Please note we deliver clinics across Dorset and Wiltshire


The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to your body.  In some men, aged 65 and above, the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak and start to expand and form what is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm.  A simple test called an ultrasound scan will identify if there is an aneurysm. This can be done at a number of GP surgeries and community hospital locations across Wiltshire and Dorset. If you are interested please contact the Dorset and Wiltshire Screening programme on the details above to book an appointment and discuss any queries that you may have.

Please note that if you are male and under the age of 65 you will automatically be invited for a scan during the year that you turn 65.

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The full-fat diet – why it’s not as unhealthy as you think

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Jul 142014

The following article by Michael Mosley was published in The Times on 2nd July 2014 :

Full-Fat DietI saw a study the other day that found that eating yoghurt would help you lose weight. Not surprising, because yoghurt is high in calcium and protein, which keeps you fuller for longer. What was surprising about this study, however, which involved following 8,516 men and women for more than two years, was that the yoghurt had to be full fat to work. Eating low-fat yoghurt didn’t make any difference.

Ever since I was a medical student, several decades ago, I have been convinced that fat is the enemy. Saturated fat, I’ve assured friends and family, will clog your arteries as surely as pouring lard down them. Because it is so energy-dense, eating fat will also, inevitably, mean you pile on the pounds.

Recently, however, I’ve changed my mind. Study after study has failed to find a convincing link between saturated fat and heart disease. As a nation we’re eating less fat but getting fatter. Research has shown that low-fat diets rarely work, that cholesterol is a poor predictor of heart disease and that eating the right kind of fat can be both good for the heart and for slimming. Instead attention has turned to sugar, with obesity experts last week urging people to cut back on fruit juice and sugary drinks. Continue reading »