The Vascular Group of University Surgical Associates is offering a free screening on Veterans Day for veterans ages 60 and older who may be at risk for vascular disease, an often “silent” disease which can lead to strokes or aneurysms.
The free screening will check for three types of vascular disease: carotid artery disease, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), using ultrasound imaging.
“We wanted a way to give back to veterans who have given so much for our country and community,” says Michael S.
Greer, M.D., vascular surgeon with USA. “Our hope is to prevent strokes and potentially deadly issues by detecting problems that are frequently silent or asymptomatic and rooted in vascular disease.”
The risk factors for vascular disease include:
Over age 60
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
High blood cholesterol
Family history of vascular disease
Previous heart or leg treatments
The screening will take place on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 starting at 8 a.m. at the USA Vascular Office, 2108 E. 3rd St. in Chattanooga. Each screening is expected to take about 15 minutes. Reservations are required and can be made by calling USA during business hours at 423-756-1342, or requesting a call from their schedulers at universitysurgical.com/veterans