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Parkridge offering AngioScreen cardiac, vascular screening Feb. 8

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Parkridge Health System will offer AngioScreen, a noninvasive vascular screening that provides information about hearth rhythm, neck and leg artery blockages, blood pressure and body mass index, on Feb. 8.

The screenings will also provide an overall fitness assessment. 

The screenings will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Fowler Classroom, and the cost is $50. Patients can add an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening for an additional $30. 

Screenings will be administered to both men and women. 

According to a prepared statement from Parkridge, 100 people die every hour from vascular disease, the leading cause of heart attacks and strokes. Vascular disease occurs when calcium deposits or fats build up in the arteries, narrowing the vessels to the point that blood can't pass through. 

“The AngioScreen is a useful tool—in less than 15 minutes, men and women can get information about their circulation and learn more about their personal risk for heart attack or stroke,” Barry Bell, director of the Parkridge Heart Center, said in a prepared statement.

AngioScreen measures ankle brachial index, which is a screening test for blockages in the arteries that go to the legs. It is normally not performed by doctors unless patients are symptomatic, officials said.

For more information or to schedule a screening, call MedLine at 800-242-5662.

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