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Summit Health to offer vascular disease screenings in April

03/18/2013

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Vascular disease is among the leading causes of death in the United States, but many don’t suffer from symptoms until it’s too late.

The good news - We can be proactive and get screened for vascular disease at one of Summit Health’s upcoming vascular screenings to determine our vascular health status.

So what is this “silent killer” and how do we know if we are in danger?

Vascular disease is any condition that affects your circulatory system, which is the system of blood vessels that carry blood throughout our bodies.  The circulatory system is an extremely important system that keeps us alive.

Problems can develop in our blood vessels, like plaque that creates blockages in the vessels or weakened vessel walls that can rupture and cause blood to leak from our circulatory system.

Screenings
Summit Health is offering two screening dates in April to help people at risk determine their vascular health status.

• Saturday, April 6
9 am – 2 pm
Waynesboro Hospital, 501 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa

• Tuesday, April 16
8 am – 3 pm
Summit Surgical Group – Chambersburg
Summit Health Center – Building 2, 757 Norland Ave., Suite 104, Chambersburg, Pa

Screening tests are available for three major vascular conditions including:

• stroke/carotid artery disease
• peripheral arterial disease
• abdominal aortic aneurysm

Registration for the screenings is required. Call (717) 217-6800 to register.

The cost will be $25 for each screening test.

So who is at risk?

People over the age of 40 with the following risk factors or symptoms could benefit from these preventative health screenings.

Risk factors include:

• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Diabetes
• Heart Disease
• History of smoking
• Family history of stroke, heart disease or abdominal aortic aneurysm

Symptoms include:

• Sudden temporary weakness or numbness in your face, arms, legs on one side of your body.
• Sudden loss of speech, slurred speech, or trouble understanding speech or written words.
• Sudden loss or shading of your vision in one or both eyes.
• Cold feet and legs.
• Poor wound healing or ulcers on your feet.
• Pain in calves, thighs or buttocks during walking which is relieved by rest.

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