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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

St. Francis Health offers to offer low-cost cardiovascular, bone health screenings

INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan St. Francis Health is sponsoring Life Line Screenings for adults in August at its Indianapolis and Mooresville campuses. These preventive, noninvasive screenings can assess your risk of heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis.
Upcoming screening dates and locations are: Monday, Aug. 13, Franciscan St. Francis Health—Mooresville, 1201 Hadley Road; and Friday, Aug. 17, Franciscan St. Francis Health—Indianapolis, 8111 S. Emerson Ave.
The tests include:
Peripheral artery disease (PAD), sometimes known as hardening of the arteries is a blockage of the arteries that supply blood to the arms and legs. PAD 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. Clots can travel to other organs in the body or cause a stroke.
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, 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 develops when one has low levels of calcium and other minerals in the bones.
Tests are conducted using ultrasound technology and EKG monitoring. The price for all five screenings is $149. Tests are priced individually, from $35 to $60.
Other blood tests, including cholesterol, blood glucose and C-reactive protein (an indicator of heart disease), also are available for an additional charge.
Appointments are required and are available starting at 9 a.m. To make an appointment, call toll-free 1-800-690-0295.