Stony Brook University Medical Center To Hold Free Screenings For Stroke, Aneurysms And Vascular Disease
STONY BROOK, N.Y., June 29, 2011 – To help those ages 55 or older with risk factors for an aneurysm, stroke or vascular disease, Stony Brook University Medical Center is holding a free vascular screening from 8 am to 4 pm on Saturday, July 16 at the Stony Brook University Heart Center located off the Hospital lobby. The screening is open to individuals who are 55 or older with one or more of the following risk factors:
· Current or past smoker
· High blood pressure
· High blood cholesterol
· Heart disease
· Family history of aortic aneurysm
Performed by a vascular technologist, the screening is quick and painless and includes the following free tests:
· Carotid ultrasound – to check for clogged carotid arteries, which can lead to stroke
· Abdominal aortic ultrasound – to test for aortic aneurysms, which can burst if they reach a large size
· Ankle brachial index – to check for peripheral arterial disease
“Aneurysms and strokes can strike suddenly and without warning,” said Dr. Apostolos Tassiopoulos, Associate Professor of Surgery and Interim Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery at Stony Brook University Medical Center. “That is why it is so important to identify and treat underlying causes before symptoms appear.”
Call (631) 638-2100 to participate in a prequalifying interview and to register for the July 16 screening in advance (walk-in appointments are not available). Screening results will be shared with each patient’s primary care physician, and those with positive test results will be able to make follow-up appointments with a Stony Brook University Medical Center specialist.
ABOUT STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER:
Stony Brook University Medical Center is Long Island’s only university-based academic medical center. It serves as the region’s only tertiary care center and Level 1 Trauma Center, and is home to the Stony Brook University Heart Center, Cancer Center, the Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital, the Institute for Advanced Neurosciences, and the Gastroenterology Program. Stony Brook provides Suffolk County’s only Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center, state-designated AIDS Center, state-designated Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, state-designated Burn Center, the Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence, and Kidney Transplant Center. It is home of the nation’s first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. To learn more, visit www.stonybrookmedicalcenter.org .