Dare To C.A.R.E. (vascular screening)

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 two-part 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. Dare to C.A.R.E. was championed locally by Dalton-based vascular surgeon, Ian Hamilton, MD.

How Participation Works
If a person is suspected to have vascular disease, we contact their primary care physician and report our findings. The patient’s primary care physician then refers their patient to a vascular specialist for a thorough examination, when appropriate.

The first component of the program involves attending an evening (Monday) of 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 portion of the program occurs on subsequent evenings (Tuesday or Thursday), where each participant has a pre-scheduled appointment. Each series of screenings takes approximately 20 minutes.

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.  Click here for upcoming dates.