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Angioscreen: A Simple Test That Could Save Your Life

October 08, 2010

Augusta, GA – With no needles and less than 15 minutes of your time, you can find out your risk for heart attack or stroke and get information about your circulation.

Every 30 seconds an American has a heart attack. Every 45 seconds an American has a stroke, and every hour there are 100 deaths from vascular disease. You do not have to be a statistic if your heart’s health is worth ten minutes of your time.

Doctors Hospital is offering a new simple test called AngioScreen® - a simple, non-invasive screening designed to provide you with information about your heart rhythm, neck and leg arteries, blood pressure, and body mass index. AngioScreen® measures your Ankle Brachial Index, a screening for blockages in the leg arteries that is normally not performed by doctors unless patients are symptomatic.

Immediately after your AngioScreen® you will receive a color ultrasound picture printout and digital record showing a picture of your carotid arteries.  Narrowing of the carotid arteries by the buildup of cholesterol called plaque within the wall of the blood vessels increases your risk of stroke. You should share this information with your physician. You will also get a consultation to review the results.

The screening includes the following: carotid artery ultrasound, blood pressure in both arms, ankle brachial index, body mass index, peak systolic velocity, heart rate, EKG, and an abdominal aorta aneurysm screening.

In November the screenings will be offered on Mon., Nov. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Evans Occupational Medicine Clinic, 635 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans, GA 30809 and again on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm. at 105 Hugh Street, North Augusta, SC.  To schedule a screening, call 706-651-4343.

About Doctors Hospital: Doctors Hospital is a full service acute-care hospital. Doctors Hospital specializes in Women’s Services, Orthopedics, and Cancer Care, and is home of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, which cares for over 3,000 patients annually.

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