NEWARK — The Vascular Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center will host a free Vascular Screening on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 8 a.m. to noon. The tests performed are non-invasive, painless and performed by credentialed vascular technologists. The screening will included blood pressure, ultrasound examination for aortic aneurysm and carotid artery disease and a non-invasive measure of blood flow to the legs for peripheral artery disease (PAD).
The screening will be held in the Vascular Lab, located on L-3 at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, 201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace, Newark, NJ. There will be a limited number of screenings performed; therefore, an appointment for the screening must be scheduled. To schedule an appointment for this free screening, call 1-973-926-7591.
Vascular disease is among the leading causes of death in the US, yet it is generally asymptomatic until disaster occurs. In most cases, with early detection, vascular disease can be treated effectively.
“The beauty of the screening is that it is very simple. It consists of ultrasound tests that do not produce any risk or discomfort to the patients and can be done in a matter of minutes,” said Bruce Brener, MD, Medical Director of the Vascular Center of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System. Screening is useful in certain high risk groups in the mature population, according to Dr. Brener. Anyone over the age of 55 has a higher risk of atherosclerosis and therefore would have a greater chance of developing vascular disease. Other well recognized risk factors include:
- Family history of vascular disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Previous heart or lung treatments
- Lack of exercise
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