Catholic Health Sponsors Free Vascular Screening and Community Health & Wellness Day

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July 5, 2011

To help keep area families healthy and detect vascular disease among older adults, Catholic Health is sponsoring a free Vascular Health Screening and Community Health & Wellness Day on Saturday, August 6 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Mercy Comprehensive Care Center (MCCC), located at 397 Louisiana Street in Buffalo.

During the Wellness Day, pediatric and OB/GYN representatives will be on hand to answer questions.

The day’s activities will also include a variety of free health screenings and health and wellness information and displays for the entire family.

Presenters include Catholic Health Home Care, LIFE and AthletiCare; Catholic Charities; Fidelis Care; and Erie County Department of Senior Services.

All participants are eligible for a raffle for two $50 Tops gift cards.

Blood Pressure CuffGeneral Screenings

General screenings include cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure and bone density, which determines if you have or at risk for osteoporosis.

General screenings are open to anyone who is over the age of 18.

No appointments are needed.

Vascular Screening

The free vascular screening includes tests for Carotid Artery Disease, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, and Peripheral Arterial Disease.

It is open to anyone over 50, who has one or more of the following medical conditions:

  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • family history of heart disease
  • previous heart or leg treatments
  • prior stroke.

The screening tests are painless and take about 30 minutes to complete.

According to the American Vascular Association, vascular disease continues to be under-diagnosed in the United States, despite its potential for complications like stroke, loss of limbs and even death. Millions of older Americans suffer from some type of circulatory disease, but often times, there are no warning signs and these conditions can go undetected until a serious medical complication occurs.

Appointments are required for the vascular screening.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment for the Vascular Screening, contact Catholic Health’s HealthConnection at 706-2112.