Sisters Hospital Sponsors Free Vascular Screening Program

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August 31, 2009

Most people know the risks associated with heart disease, but few understand non-cardiac vascular disease and the serious complications that can result including stroke, loss of limbs and even death.

To help detect vascular disease and alert the public to this serious health risk, Sisters Hospital and the Vascular & Endovascular Center of WNY are sponsoring a free “Vascular Screening” on Saturday, September 19 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the hospital located at 2157 Main St. in Buffalo.

“Millions of older Americans suffer from some type of circulatory conditions, including Carotid Artery Disease, Aortic Aneurysms, and Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD),” said Paul Anain, M.D., Chief of Vascular Surgery at Sisters Hospital. “The problem is most people don’t know they have it until some life-threatening situation develops.”

The free screening tests, which include carotid and aortic scans, PAD testing, a blood pressure check, and cardiac risk assessment, are painless and take about 30 minutes to complete. Testing is open to anyone over 60, particularly men, who have one of more of the following medical conditions: high blood pressure, diabetes, family history of heart disease, previous heart or leg treatments, and prior stroke. Appointments are necessary. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Catholic Health’s HealthConnection at 706-2112.

“Early detection is the key to successfully treating many medical conditions, and vascular disease is no different,” Dr. Anain continued. “Early diagnosis and treatment can help reduce the number of deaths and disabilities associated with many vascular conditions.”

If any of the tests indicate a potential circulatory problem, participants will be referred to their primary doctor or vascular specialist for follow-up care. “These simple tests can and do save lives,” Dr. Anain added. “During the past few years we have detected advanced vascular disease in several people that required immediate intervention.”