Hamilton Medical Center will offer Dare to CARE, a free, two-part comprehensive vascular disease program focusing on early detection and education. The first part of the program will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19 at Hamilton’s Brown Conference Center. The second part will be scheduled evening appointment times on Tuesday, Oct. 20.
The first component of the program involves a lecture about vascular disease given by Michael Hartley, MD, board certified vascular surgeon with Hamilton Vascular Center. Topics include the definition of the various types of vascular disease, causes and risks for the disease and the latest treatment options.
The screening includes a blood pressure check and non-invasive ultrasound examination of the carotid arteries, abdominal aorta and the circulation of the legs.
If a person is suspected to have vascular disease, the findings are reported to his or her primary care physician. The patient’s primary care physician then refers their patient to a vascular specialist for a thorough examination, when appropriate.
Participants must have two or more vascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, smoking or family history of vascular disease.
To register for Dare to CARE call 706-272-6114. Space is limited.
The CARE acronym stands for:
C – Carotid artery disease, the primary source of preventable deaths
A – Abdominal aortic aneurysms, the 10th leading cause of death in men
R – Renal artery stenosis, responsible for at least 20 percent of patients on dialysis
E – Extremity artery disease, which affects 12 million Americans and has a mortality rate significantly higher than breast cancer