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Hospital offers low-cost vascular screenings

La Grange – Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital is now offering low-cost vascular screenings to patients who may be at risk for developing strokes or aneurysms. While these conditions are often left undiagnosed, screenings can identify key warning indicators not only of stroke and aneurysm but also heart attack and peripheral arterial disease.

“One in three adults has some form of cardiovascular disease and many don’t exhibit any discernible symptoms,” said Dr. John Gocke, medical director of the vascular labs at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “These screenings 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.”

In addition to family history, other risk factors include smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. Patients can request one, two or all three of the following screening examinations without a doctor’s order: 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.”

Test results are mailed to the patient’s home and a copy can be sent directly to the patient’s own physician. If an abnormality is discovered during the screening, follow-up diagnostic testing is recommended and can be performed in the vascular lab.

“We’re offering these screenings to identify those who may have no symptoms at all but who are at higher risk for stroke, heart attack or aneurysm rupture so action can be taken to prevent a catastrophic illness later,” Gocke said.

Tests are pre-paid at the time of the screening and are not billed to insurance. The cost is $50 for any single test, $95 for two or $125 for all three during a single visit. Credit cards or personal checks are accepted.

To set up an appointment, call (630) 856-7070. Appointments are available Tuesday through Thursday mornings at the medical office building on Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital’s campus, 5201 S. Willow Springs Road, suite 200.