10 Simple Screenings That Could Save Your Life
Knightdale Family Practice
Rolesville Family Practice
102 Southtown Circle
|Saturday, April 20, 2013
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
|Saturday, May 4, 2013
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cardiovascular disease has been the number one killer of Americans for more than eighty years. The fight against heart disease and stroke begins with knowledge. Rex Heart & Vascular Center encourages you to be heart smart and learn all you can about preventing heart attacks and stroke. Knowing your risk factors and living an active, heart-healthy lifestyle may ward off these often debilitating diseases. And Rex Heart & Vascular Center's comprehensive screening program promotes early detection and education by offering ten simple, painless, high-quality screenings at an affordable cost.
Ten screenings & an individual consultation
Rex Heart & Vascular Center offers a comprehensive package of ten screenings, along with a one-on-one results consultation from a registered, licensed nutritionist.
• Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
• Blood Pressure
• Body Mass Index (BMI) & Waist Circumference
• Cardiac Ejection Fraction
• Pulmonary Function
• Sleep Disorders
• Stroke (Carotid Artery Doppler)
• Gastric Reflux
Affordable - All ten screenings cost only $100 payable by cash or check made out to Rex Healthcare. Payment is due at time of screening.
Fast - Individual appointments for the screenings are scheduled in advance. The screening process takes approximately 60 minutes.
Confidential - All test results are confidential and are given to each participant the day of the screening.
Follow-up - Any screening result deemed high risk is given follow up by a board-certified physician.
Physician supervised & accredited - Rex Heart & Vascular screenings are conducted under the medical direction of Rex Peripheral Vascular Lab Medical Director S. Wayne Smith, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.S.V.M. and numerous cardiologists. Rex diagnostic laboratories meet the highest levels of accreditation through the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) and the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL), which requires they meet the most stringent standards for quality diagnostics.
Easy, accessible screenings for heart disease & stroke
1. Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
An aneurysm is an abnormal ballooning or enlargement of a blood vessel. When this occurs in the abdominal portion of the aorta (the largest blood vessel in the
body) it is known as an abdominal aortic aneurysm. An ultrasound of the stomach is performed to assess for bulging vessels. The larger an aneurysm becomes, the more likely it is to burst, causing a stroke. Aneurysms are often caused, or made worse, by high blood pressure.
2. Blood pressure
This screening measures the systolic and diastolic pressures. The higher one's blood pressure, the greater the risk of stroke, heart attack and heart failure.
3. Body mass index (BMI) & waist circumference
Being overweight or obese are labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. Body mass index (BMI) is used because for most people it correlates with their amount of body fat. People who are overweight or obese have been shown to have an increased likelihood of heart disease, diabetes and other health problems.
4. Cardiac ejection fraction
The proportion, or fraction, of blood pumped out of your heart with each beat is called the ejection fraction (EF). A normal heart pumps out a little more than half the heart's volume of blood with each beat. An ultrasound of the heart assesses left ventricular blood flow or heart muscle function. Patients with an ejection fraction of 40 percent or less have a much higher risk for stroke.
The risk for heart disease and stroke increases with rising blood cholesterol levels. The cholesterol lipid test is an analysis of a small blood sample taken via finger stick to assess both HDL and LDL cholesterol levels. As blood cholesterol exceeds 220 ml/dl, the risk for heart disease increases at a more rapid rate. Best results are achieved when test is conducted after fasting for 12 hours.
Blood glucose (or blood sugar) tests measure the amount of glucose (sugar) in blood. People with high blood sugar levels may have diabetes because of the body's inability to use insulin properly. People with a low blood sugar level are said to have hypoglycemia. During a diabetes screening, a small blood sample taken via finger stick is analyzed to assess the sugar content in the blood. Diabetes is a known risk factor of heart disease.
NOTE: A 12 hour fast is recommended prior to a blood glucose test to ensure more accurate results. Elevated glucose levels may be caused by diabetes or by the patient having eaten within an hour prior to the test.
7. Pulmonary function
Pulmonary function tests (PFT) measure how well the lungs take in and exhale air and how efficiently oxygen is transferred into the blood. This test is performed to diagnose certain types of lung disease (especially asthma, bronchitis and emphysema), to determine the cause of shortness of breath, or to measure whether occupational exposure to contaminants affects lung function.
8. Sleep disorders
A simple quiz called the Epworth test is used to evaluate quality of rest and its link to heart disease. There is a known link between sleep disorders and stroke.
9. Stroke (carotid artery doppler)
A stroke results from the disruption of adequate blood flow to the brain. The most common source of disruption is a significant narrowing or blockage of the carotid arteries which are the main blood supply to the brain. The carotid doppler examination is a non-invasive and painless ultrasound scan of the neck arteries to detect plaque buildup.
10. Gastric reflux
A brief interview with Rex Heartburn Center staff determines a potential reflux problem. Gastric reflux is a backwash of stomach contents into the esophagus. The acid mixed in the stomach contents can inflame, erode and ulcerate the inner lining of the esophagus. Healing of these injuries can produce narrowing of the inner esophageal lumen making it difficult to swallow. If the gastric reflux is left untreated over a prolonged period of time, it can lead to Barrett's esophagus, a cellular change in the tissue lining of the esophagus. Barrett's esophagus increases the risk of lower esophageal cancer.
Call 919-78-HEART to schedule your appointment.
Appointments are required.