Abrazo Heart Hospital to offer heart attack, stroke risk screenings

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For National Heart Month, Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, 1930 E. Thomas Road, will offer 10-minute risk assessment screenings for heart attack and stroke risks for the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 12, 20 and 26.

The AngioScreen is a portable program that provides information about an individual’s heart rhythm, neck and leg artery circulation, blood pressure and fitness, according to a press release.

Participants will receive a confidential copy of results with color photos of the carotid ultrasound, as well as other findings. A nurse will provide a brief consultation to explain the results, which people are encouraged to share with their personal physician for follow up.

“Only a physician is qualified to fully interpret the significance of the measurements and ultrasound images in the context of an individual’s personal medical history.

This information may be used by participants to share with their doctor and should not replace regular examinations and consultations with their personal physician,” said Nancy Williams-Boyle, a community outreach nurse at Abrazo Central Campus, in a prepared statement.

The cost for the screening is $59. The screening is not covered by Medicare or other health insurances but is accepted by most FSA and HSA plans, Ms. Williams-Boyle added.

Heart disease is noted as the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., and about 90 percent of middle-aged people and more than 74 percent of young adults have one or more risk factors, according to the National Institutes of Health.

“According to NIH statistics, it is estimated that peripheral artery disease affects 200 million people worldwide. Because in its early stages, many people are not symptomatic and it goes unrecognized,” said Dr. Gopi Cherukuri of Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, in a prepared statement.

“Early detection using the AngioScreen can help lead to early diagnosis and early intervention to lower people’s long-term risk.”

Abrazo is said to be the only health system in Maricopa County offering AngioScreen, according to the release.

Reservations for the February screenings can be made at AbrazoHealth.com/angioscreen; or call 1-888-602-3648.

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