Abrazo Health is offering a quick, inexpensive screening of the body’s circulatory system that can help identify risks for heart attack and stroke. Community screening events are being planned at Abrazo hospitals in Phoenix, Surprise, Glendale and Cave Creek.
AngioScreen is a low-cost vascular risk assessment system that provides information about an individual’s blood flow in the neck and leg arteries, heart rhythm, blood pressure and fitness following an exam that takes only about 10 minutes. Cost for the screening is $59 and includes a consultation to review results.
The assessment can help provide participants with information about their vascular system that may indicate risk for heart attacks, stroke or peripheral artery disease (PAD). A person can have PAD, which could increase risk for heart attack or stroke, and not even know it, said Dr. Gopi Cherukuri, interventional cardiologist and Abrazo Health AngioScreen medical adviser.
Participants get a confidential, color printout with photos of the carotid arteries and exam results. A clinician provides a brief consultation to explain the results, which participants are encouraged to share with their personal physician for follow up.
For those who do not want the full screening, complimentary blood pressure and heart rhythm checks are available. Masking and other precautions will be in place for the upcoming screening events.
The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital, 5227 E. Carefree Highway, Cave Creek.
“Abrazo is celebrating Heart Month by bringing health awareness into the community and offering this screening to the public. The system is portable, and screenings can be performed at community events as well as employer worksites,” said Abrazo Health’s Cindy Roberts, RN.
“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. The AngioScreen information can be used by participants to share with their doctor and should not replace regular examinations and consultations with their personal physician.”
To register for one of the Abrazo Heart Month screening events visit AbrazoHealth.com/angioscreen or call 1-888-602-3648.