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Texas Health Stephenville offers Vascular Screenings
07/29/2009

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — An estimated 8 million men and women have peripheral artery disease, but only about 25 percent of patients are undergoing treatment for it, according to statistics from the American Heart Association.

To help individuals see if they have heart disease, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville will hold vascular risk screening exams by appointment between 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 30. The screening lasts 15 minutes and costs $120. The screening includes an ultrasound of the neck arteries, ultrasound of abdominal artery, and Doppler measurements of the arteries in the ankle. Appointments may be made by calling 1-877-THR-WELL.

Diabetes and smoking cigarettes are strong risk factors for peripheral artery disease, along with controllable risk factors, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, a sedentary lifestyle and obesity, which also increase a person’s risk for coronary heart disease.

In particular, women who are 55 years old or older and men older than 45 with risk factors, may want to consider being screened.

“It is crucial that individuals monitor their risk factors and take steps to lower or eliminate their risks,” said Karen Fincannon, cardiopulmonary director at Texas Health Stephenville. “We encourage anyone who is concerned about heart disease to discuss their risk factors and lifestyle with their physician. Screenings can be an important tool to open the lines of communication with the physician.”

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is a 98-bed acute care, full-service facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital's services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, women’s services, advanced diagnostic imaging, inpatient and outpatient physical therapy and wound care. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized as a Nurse-Friendly Hospital and a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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