March 23, 2011
Simple, painless tests can detect life-threatening vascular disease
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 or death.
Millions of older Americans suffer from some type of circulatory disease, like Carotid Artery Disease, Aortic Aneurysms, and Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). Often times, there are no warning signs and these conditions can go undetected until a serious medical complication occurs.
To help detect vascular disease and alert the public to its potential health risks, Catholic Health is sponsoring a free Vascular Health Screening on Saturday, April 2 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Mercy Comprehensive Care Center, located at 397 Louisiana Street in Buffalo.
Early detection is the key to treating many vascular conditions. This free screening is open to anyone over 55, who smokes or has one or more of the following medical conditions:
- high blood pressure,
- heart disease, or
- family history of heart disease, previous heart or leg treatments, and prior stroke
The screening tests are painless and take about 30 minutes to complete.
Participants must meet eligibility requirements and appointments are necessary.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Catholic Health’s HealthConnection at 706-2112.