Heart and Vascular Institute offers free screening in Hanover

Many of the most crippling and lethal vascular complications can be effectively prevented and cured with early detection, diagnosis and treatment. Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute will offer a free vascular screening for qualified individuals from noon until 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Heart and Vascular Institute office in the Hillside Medical Center in Hanover. To qualify for the screening participants must be 65 years of age or older or age 55 to 65 and have a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking or a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysms.

During the screening, registered vascular technologists and nurses will complete a vascular report card for each patient. Before each patient leaves, he will have an opportunity to review his report card with a vascular surgeon, to discuss any concerns or questions.

While heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in America, vascular disease outside the heart can lead to stroke, rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysms, and peripheral artery disease (PAD), which can lead to difficulty walking and other serious problems like heart attack and stroke.

The screenings will include blood pressure check, carotid artery duplex, screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm, and ankle/brachial index.

Although the screening is free of charge, registration is required and limited. To register, call 1-800-243-1455.

Last Updated October 30, 2013