Non-invasive vascular screening helps prevent heart attack and stroke
WINCHESTER, Ky. (March 23, 2015) — Clark Regional Medical Center, Georgetown Community Hospital, Bourbon Community Hospital and Bluegrass Community Hospital have partnered to offer Central Kentucky and surrounding areas 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.
Each hour, 100 American lives are claimed by 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. In the vessels in or near the heart, this blockage causes a person to have a heart attack. When the vessels that carry blood to the brain are blocked, it leads to a stroke.
Angioscreen measures Ankle Brachial Index, a screening for blockages in the leg arteries that 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 printout and digital record showing a picture of their carotid arteries.