January 14, 2014 at 6:50 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ - Vascular disease is the nation’s number one killer and can be the cause of stroke, aneurysm, disability and amputation. Most Americans are aware of the consequences of blocked blood vessels in their heart, yet the potential risks of blockages in blood vessels in other parts of the body often go unnoticed.
To raise awareness about this dangerous condition, adults are invited to a 20-minute screening for vascular disease on Mondays and Fridays from 7 a.m. until Noon at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Avenue, Livingston. The cost is $50 per patient.
The screening includes ultrasound examination for aortic aneurysms and carotid artery disease as well as a test that measures blood flow in the legs. These non-invasive tests are a painless way to determine if any narrowing or blockages exist in arteries. The carotid arteries are the main blood vessels to the brain. The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the chest and abdomen.
Many people with vascular disease do not have symptoms. Therefore, those at high-risk for the condition should be screened:
- Over age 55
- High blood pressure
- Lack of exercise
- High cholesterol
- Family history of vascular disease
- Previous heart or leg treatments