Dearne twins at risk of fatal condition

Pictured (L-R) are twin brothers Chris and Keith Hare, who were found with almost identical aneurysms.
Pictured (L-R) are twin brothers Chris and Keith Hare, who were found with almost identical aneurysms.

Dearne twins who underwent medical screening tests have been told they are both at risk of a deadly condition.

Keith Hare, from Mexborough, and twin Chris, from West Melton, have both been told they suffer from a condition which could leave them at risk of a fatal tear to an artery.

Both discovered they were at risk after taking scans for AAA - Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm - as part of an NHS campaign.

Both men, aged 65, will now have their aneurysms – classed as being small and of least risk – monitored every year to ensure they do not continue to grow.

“It was quite a surprise and shock when we found that we both had the condition,” said Keith. “But prevention is better than cure, so we are happy we had the scan and now have the peace of mind of knowing we’ll be monitored regularly.

“We think all men should think about having the scan as it’s an important thing to have done.”

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is carrying out the screening tests.

So far nearly 8,000 men have taken up the screening offer – a free ultrasound scan that takes less than 10 minutes.

Vascular surgeon Ray Cuschieri, Deputy Medical Director of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals, said:

“Family history is a factor with AAAs, with people being more likely to have the condition if a relative has an AAA. So it is good news that Chris and Keith took up the offer of the free scan as we now have them in the AAA programme and can check their aneurysms on a regular basis.

“The brothers are two of 133 men who have been found with aneurysms in the year since our screening programme started work in 2013. Of these, 14 men have been found with large aneurysms or AAAs at serious risk of rupture, so that is 14 lives potentially saved. This shows the value of the programme and I would again ask all men in our area who are 65 or over to consider having the scan and to call us to make an appointment.”

AAAs are caused when the main blood vessel in the body, the aorta, weakens and starts to expand. If undetected, the aorta can rupture – a medical emergency that is usually fatal.

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