Are you 60 or older? Do you have one or more of the following risk factors for an aneurysm, stroke or vascular disease?
• Current or past smoker
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Heart disease
• Family history of aortic aneurysm
In celebration of Women’s Heart Health month, Stony Brook University Hospital is offering free screening tests to identify the presence of vascular disease. Men are welcome to register, too. Performed by a vascular technologist during a single visit, the tests include:
• Carotid ultrasound to check for clogged carotid arteries in the neck, which can lead to stroke
• Abdominal aortic ultrasound to test for aortic aneurysms, which can burst if reaching a large size
• Ankle-brachial index to check for PAD or peripheral arterial disease, which may pose a threat to leg health and is often a sign of heart disease.
The screening process for all three tests is quick—about 10 minutes for each test—and painless. Telephone pre-registration and a brief qualifying interview are required. Your primary care physician will receive a copy of the report. Those with positive test results will be able to discuss the results immediately with our specialists, and follow-up appointments can be made on site.
The screening will be held at the Stony Brook University Heart Center from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, please call (631) 638-2100.