A LIFE-saving screening programme is up and running.
And Almondbury man Keith Sykes was among the first in West Yorkshire to try it out.
Having been invited as part of the national screening programme for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), Mr Sykes went to The University Health Centre in Sand Street, Aspley.
The aorta is the main blood vessel running from the heart down through the chest and abdomen. Over time the walls can become weak and expand to form a localised ballooning of the artery which is an AAA.
They are rare but if they go undetected, expand and burst they can cause death. Nearly 6,000 people die a year from AAAs.
The screening is a free, simple, painless ultrasound scan aimed to reduce the number of deaths from aneurysms.
Results can be given within the appointment.
If aneurysms are discovered, then small ones will require monitoring while larger ones will be referred to a specialist.