|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 of dialysis
E – Extremity artery disease, which affects 12 million Americans and has a mortality rate significantly higher than breast cancer
DALTON, Ga. – Hamilton Medical Center will offer Dare to CARE, a
free, two-part comprehensive vascular disease program focusing on early
detection and education, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 and at
scheduled evening appointment times on Tuesday, March 11.
Dare to CARE will be held at Hamilton’s Brown Conference Center.
The first component of the program involves lectures about vascular disease given by a panel of physicians. 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.
The program is offered quarterly and is free to men and women over
the age of 60 and for those under 60 with 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.