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Thursday, July 7, 2011

St. Francis Health to offer low-cost cardiac, vascular, bone screenings

INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan St. Francis Health is sponsoring Life Line Screenings for adults on Saturday, Aug. 13, and Monday, Aug. 15, at its Indianapolis and Mooresville campuses.

These preventive, noninvasive screenings can assess the risk of heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis:

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), also known as hardening of the arteries, is a blockage of the arteries that supply blood to the arms and legs. PAD — sometimes referred to as peripheral vascular disease (PVD) — may lead to loss of limbs and may be an indicator of further cardiovascular problems.

Atrial fibrillation is a condition where the heart beats irregularly and interferes with the pumping capability of the heart. This can lead to pooling of the blood in the heart chambers, resulting in a life-threatening blood clot.

Carotid artery disease occurs when there is a blockage in the arteries in the neck that supply blood to the brain. Carotid artery disease is the No. 1 cause of stroke and a leading cause of disability and death in the U.S.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is an enlargement in the lining of the artery that leads from the heart to the lower abdomen. Rupture of an AAA often results in sudden death.

Osteoporosis causes bones to weaken and become brittle and can lead to fractures. Usually, osteoporosis occurs when the levels of calcium and other minerals in your bones are low.

Tests are conducted using ultrasound technology and EKG monitoring. The price for all five screenings is $149. Individual tests range from $35 to $60. Blood tests for cholesterol, blood glucose and c-reactive protein also are available.

The Aug. 13 screening is at the Franciscan St. Francis—Mooresville campus, 1201 Hadley Road. The Aug. 15 screening is at Franciscan St. Francis— Indianapolis, 8111 S. Emerson Ave.

Appointments are required and are available starting at 9 a.m. To make an appointment, call toll-free 800-690-0295.