Screenings for stroke, other diseases offered Sept. 17 at Senior Citizen Center

Screenings for stroke, other diseases offered Sept. 17 at Senior Citizen Center
Screenings to detect risks of stroke and other vascular diseases will be held Monday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Center in Vermillion.

To schedule appointments, call toll free: 1-877-732-8258.

Four different screenings will be offered. The cost of any three screenings is $95. A full wellness profile including all four screenings costs $115.

The screenings are designed to detect an individual's risk for:

1) Stroke. This screening visualizes the buildup of fatty plaque in the carotid arteries that can lead to stroke, 75 percent of which could be prevented with screening.

Risk Factors: Over age 40, high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes, more than 20 pounds overweight, lack of exercise, family history of stroke or heart disease.

Warning Signs: Sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, sudden loss of vision, sudden confusion or dizziness, sudden severe headaches.

Stroke facts: Strokes are the third leading cause of death in America, and the number one cause of disability and nursing home admissions. The vast majority of stroke victims have no prior warning to their stroke.

2) Abdominal aortic aneurysm: This screening visualizes the existence of an aneurysm in the abdominal aorta that can rupture and be fatal.

Risk Factors: Family history, high blood pressure, smoking.

Warning signs: The vast majority are without symptoms.

AAA Facts: New scanning technology has resulted in a tripling of the number of abdominal aortic aneurysms found each year, to about 200,000. Experts estimate that the condition kills about 25,000 Americans each year and possibly more.

3) Peripheral Vascular Disease: This screening checks for blockage in the legs. Abnormal results indicate high risk of coronary artery disease.

Risk Factors: Diabetes, high blood pressure, history of coronary artery disease.

4) Osteoporosis: Screens for abnormal bone mass density in men and women. Osteoporosis is silent and painless until bone fractures occur. Early treatment is painless and effective.

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