Texas Health Stephenville offers Vascular Screenings|
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.”
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