Fighting Cardiovascular Disease with Early Diagnosis
Since 2014, the University of Chicago Medicine has partnered with the Heart Health Foundation to offer Dare to C.A.R.E., a free heart and vascular disease education and screening program.
About the Screening
Patients who participate in Dare to C.A.R.E. will receive a 20-minute, non-invasive ultrasound of the neck, abdomen and legs. Participants should not eat or drink for 12 hours prior to the screening. If patients have medications prior to the screening, those can be taken with water. During the screening, the care provider will focus on four major vascular problems:
- Carotid Artery Disease: Responsible for at least 300,000 strokes per year, a primary cause of preventable strokes.
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: 90 percent of ruptured aneurysm cases lead to death; early detection can lead to a 95 percent survival rate.
- Renal Artery Stenosis: Leads to hemodialysis in 15 to 20 percent of patients when left untreated.
- Extremity Artery Disease: Affects over 10 million Americans, especially those over 50.
After the screening is complete, results are mailed to the patient, as well as to his or her primary care physician.
In order to be eligible for the free screening, patients must be over the age of 60 or over the age of 50 with certain heart and vascular risk factors. These risk factors are: smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Additionally, diabetic patients over the age of 40 are eligible for a free vascular screening.
The vascular screenings are located at UChicago Medicine - Orland Park, which can be found at 14290 S. La Grange Rd, Orland Park, IL 60462.