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posted: 7/12/2013 2:08 PM

Centegra mobile health unit screens for vascular health

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Submitted by Centegra Health System

Vascular disease is among the leading causes of death in the United States, yet is generally asymptomatic until a catastrophic event occurs, such as a stroke or aneurysm rupture. Although preventive screening is available, millions of Americans at risk for stroke or death from vascular disorders remain unaware of their risk.

The Centegra Wellness on the Move mobile health unit offers this potentially lifesaving screening. The mobile health unit has technicians and equipment that help to screen and diagnose health problems at many stages and promotes education, while building awareness and responsibility for one's own health.

According to the Society for Vascular Surgery, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, 137,000 people die annually from this disorder. A large proportion of strokes are caused by plaque in the carotid arteries. In 2010, it was estimated that Americans would pay about $73.7 billion for stroke-related medical costs and disability.

Centegra's vascular screening program provides immediate preliminary results on the following tests: ultrasound images of the carotid artery to detect plaque buildup; ankle brachial index measurements to detect blockage risk and peripheral arterial disease; heart rhythm EKG readout to detect atrial fibrillation; risk level for abdominal aortic aneurysm; and body mass index, pulse and blood pressure numbers.

All results are completely confidential. Follow-up reports completed by a Centegra Health System radiologist are mailed to the patient within one week so he or she can easily share the information with a physician.

Upcoming dates are: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Centegra Physician Care-Spring Grove, 1906 Holian Drive; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Centegra Hospital-McHenry, 4309 Medical Center Drive; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Centegra Physician Care-Woodstock, 3707 Doty Road; and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center-Huntley, 10450 Algonquin Road.

Cost is $129 for all tests. For a screening appointment, call (877) CENTEGRA (236-8347).

Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the health care needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Immediate and Physician Care Centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Health Bridge Fitness Centers and the widely anticipated Centegra Hospital-Huntley slated for opening in 2016.