Free Vascular Screening. Call 706.272.6114 to register.
The C.A.R.E. 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% of patients of dialysis
E – Extremity artery disease, which affects 12 million Americans and has a mortality rate significantly higher than breast cancer
Dare to C.A.R.E. is a comprehensive
cardiovascular disease program focusing on early detection and
education. It is offered quarterly and is free to men and women over the
age of 60 and for those over 50 with vascular risk factors such as high
blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, smoking or family
history of vascular disease. It was created by John D. Martin, MD, a
vascular surgeon and Louise Hanson, RNP, in Annapolis, Maryland.
Dare to C.A.R.E. was championed locally by Dalton-based vascular surgeon, Ian Hamilton, MD, who garnered the support of the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation and Hamilton Medical Center, including physicians, nurses and radiology technicians. Suzanne Brown, RN, BSN, serves as Dare to C.A.R.E. Coordinator.
The free screening consists of a blood pressure check and non-invasive ultrasound examination of the carotid arteries, abdominal aorta and the circulation of the legs.