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Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital offers free program for American Heart Month

La Grange – One in three adults has some form of vascular disease and many don’t exhibit any discernible symptoms. Learn the risk factors and find out if a screening could reduce your risk of stroke, aneurysm and peripheral arterial disease. Dr. John Gocke, medical director of the vascular labs at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, will present “Vascular screening: Is it for me?” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Dixon Education Center at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road. The class is free, but space is limited. To reserve a seat, call (630) 856-7525 or visit and click on “education and events."

Attendees are eligible to win a certificate for a free abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening. February is American Heart Month.

“A vascular screening can provide peace of mind for people, particularly those who’ve lost family members to stroke or heart or vascular disease and are concerned they also might be at risk,” Gocke said.

In addition to family history, other risk factors include smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital offers the following screening examinations: abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), carotid artery stenosis and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). All of the exams are non-invasive and safe, performed with ultrasound and standard blood pressure measurements on the arms and at the ankles.

“Carotid artery screening with ultrasound actually gives us a picture of what’s going on inside the arteries,” Gocke said. “And when we identify someone with an abnormal PAD screen – which could indicate a blocked leg artery – we’ve also identified someone who’s at twice the risk of cardiac death.”