Vascular Surgeons To Host Free Screening For First Responders

Friday, January 26, 2018
The Vascular Group of University Surgical Associates is offering a free screening on Valentine’s weekend for active and retired first responders (fire/police/EMS) 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). “We appreciate all that first responders do for our 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 
- Smoker
- Diabetic
- Family history of vascular disease
- Previous heart or leg treatments
- Prior stroke

The screening will take place on Saturday, Feb. 10 starting at 8 a.m. at the USA Vascular office, 2108 E. 3rd St. in Chattanooga.  Screening are expected to take about 15 minutes. Reservations are required and can be made by calling USA during business hours at 423-756-1342, or signing up at universitysurgical.com/screening.

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