Parkridge Health System Offers AngioScreen Cardiac And Vascular Screening

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Parkridge Health System will offer AngioScreen - a simple, non-invasive vascular screening designed to provide men and women with information about heart rhythm, neck and leg artery blockage, blood pressure, and body mass index in addition to an overall fitness assessment. 

The screening will be held Sept. 20 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on the AngioScreen bus in the parking lot of the Parkridge Medical Group Battlefield practice at 110 Battlefield Crossing Ct. in Ringgold. The cost for the Angioscreen is $50. A screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm can be added for an additional $30.

Each year, thousands of people in the United States lose their lives to vascular disease, a form of cardiovascular disease that primarily attacks the blood vessels and is the leading cause of heart attacks and strokes. Vascular disease occurs when calcium deposits or fats build up in the arteries, narrowing the vessels to the point where blood cannot pass through. When the vessels in the heart become narrowed or blocked, a person is at high risk for a heart attack. A stroke occurs when the vessels that carry blood to the brain are blocked. 

“The AngioScreen offers valuable information - in less than 15 minutes, men and women can learn more about their circulation and their personal risk for heart attack or stroke,” said Barry Bell, director of the Heart Center at Parkridge Medical Center. 

AngioScreen measures Ankle Brachial Index, which is a screening test for blockages in the arteries that go to the legs. It is normally not performed by doctors unless patients are symptomatic. Immediately following the AngioScreen, individuals will receive a consultation in addition to a color ultrasound picture and printout, and a digital record that includes a picture of their carotid arteries.

Pre-registration is required. For more information or to schedule a screening, call MedLine at 800.242-5662.

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