Medical Center offers free vascular screenings May 21

April 21, 2005

Countless Americans die from or are disabled by cardiac and vascular disease each year. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center will participate in a free screening program, created by the American Vascular Association, as part of a nationwide initiative to make vascular health a national health-care priority. The program is a series of simple, non-invasive procedures that can detect critical vascular problems in the early stages.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21, vascular and cardiac specialists from Penn State Hershey Medical Center will offer a carotid ultrasound scan, an aortic ultrasound scan and a Doppler test for peripheral arterial disease. Participants will have their blood pressure measured and their heart rhythm recorded. Educational materials on vascular diseases and their prevention and treatment will also be distributed to participants.

"The key to successful treatment of vascular disease is early detection and treatment," said David C. Han, assistant professor of surgery and radiology, Division of Vascular Surgery, Penn State Hershey Medical Center. "We are pleased to offer this service to the community, in hopes of educating the public on the seriousness of major cardiac and vascular diseases."

The event is free to the public, but participants must be more than 60 years of age. However, if a close relative has been diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm, participants may be as young as 45. Individuals who have a history of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, smoking, hypercholesterolemia or known cardiovascular disease are candidates for this screening.

Registration is limited. To pre-register, call the 24-hour CareLine at (800) 243-1455.

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