April 11, 2011
KCH Diagnostic Imaging Offers Vascular Screenings in April as Part of New Wellness Program

A new wellness program at Kane Community Hospital (KCH) -- launched in March with Cardiac Scoring -- has received a successful start.  Now the public is invited to take part in Vascular Screenings.

Vascular Screenings are done via ultrasound and blood pressure readings.  They look for carotid artery disease (CAD), peripheral artery disease (PAD), and abdominal aortic aneurysms, three of the more serious non-cardiac, vascular diseases that afflict Americans and produce the most potential for death and disability. 

Carotid Artery disease typically occurs when the carotid arteries, the main blood vessels to the brain, develop a build-up of plaque caused by arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. When the build-up becomes severe, it can cause a stroke, which can be fatal or permanently disabling. However, if carotid artery disease is detected and treated, strokes can be prevented.

PAD is a blockage in circulation to the arms or legs due to arteriosclerosis or other diseases that may threaten the limbs. People with PAD are three times more likely to die of heart attacks and strokes than those without this disease. With early detection, vascular disease can be treated.

Abdominal aortic aneurysms occur when the wall of the aorta, the main artery in the chest and abdomen, progressively weakens. This causes a dilation of the vessel. If not diagnosed and treated, the aneurysm may grow larger and eventually rupture. A ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm is the tenth leading cause of death in men over the age of 50 in the US.

These three vascular screens are being offered for one $95 fee. Vascular Screenings will be offered throughout April, as well as during August and December. 

In May, full body Bone Density will be featured for $25. This exam screens individuals for osteoporosis risk and identifies those who would benefit from measures to improve bone health.  There is a statistical correlation between poor bone density and higher probability of fractures.  The full body screen takes about 10 minutes. 

The screens in the new KCH wellness series are non-invasive and painless and are offered on a self-pay basis at various times throughout the year.  The screens are to identify health issues before symptoms, enhancing options for treatment. Individuals decide what might be of interest based on family history or wanting more information about their current health status. . 

No orders are needed. To participate, call KCH Imaging at 814-837-4580 to make an appointment or ask about screens in the series. If calling outside the area, call toll free 1-800-565-9200 and ask for extension 4580.

The day of the screen, go to registration and pay by check or credit card.  Both individual and his or her doctor get the results of the screens.   This is very important because the validity of any test results can only be assessed properly when reviewed by a physician in conjunction with one's medical history and other contributing factors.


KCH Diagnostic Imaging Offers Vascular Screenings in April as Part of New Wellness Program

Brittany McElhattan, RDMS RVT, with Ultrasound machine that is key for vascular screening.