How’s Your Vascular Health?

How’s Your Vascular Health?

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Often stroke, heart attack and ruptured aneurysms seem to strike without warning. But in reality, there usually are advance signs that these catastrophic health events may occur. Recognizing those signs, as well as potential risk factors for major cardiovascular events, may be keys to preventing them from ever happening.

Late last year St. Elizabeth Healthcare rolled out a powerful new tool uniquely suited to seek out the warning signs of cardiovascular disease. And the great news is that this state-of-the-art medical technology comes directly to you in your own backyard. 
St. Elizabeth’s CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit delivers an array of potentially lifesaving health screenings to you where you live, work and play. It’s a quick, easy, painless and affordable way to help identify those at increased risk and potentially prevent major cardiovascular events, like strokes or ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms. And there’s never been anything else like it in the Tristate.
"The mobile unit travels to locations across Greater Cincinnati to offer on-site screenings for cardiovascular conditions like blockages in the carotid artery (which places you at increased stroke risk) and abdominal aortic aneurysm through painless, non-invasive techniques using state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment," says St. Elizabeth Coordinator for the CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit Rhonda Wassom.

"We also screen for peripheral arterial disease – PAD – through a test called an ankle brachial index and we offer cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure screenings. Within the year, we will also start offering EKGs and echocardiograms, as well."

"We care about the health and well-being of those in our community, and therefore we provide a holistic approach to prevention. We offer services ranging from education prior to screenings all the way through to follow-up care."

  The CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit also offers classes to help educate the public about the screenings, cardiovascular disease warning signs and prevention activities. Elizabeth-InStory.gif

Are You at Risk?
The mobile unit is equipped with the latest medical technology and staffed by an array of cardiovascular professionals and technicians. Upon request, the unit travels to Greater Cincinnati businesses, churches and other organizations, primarily offering three completely painless, non-invasive cardiovascular screenings that take about 20 minutes total to complete.

In the most recent reporting year, the American Heart Association estimates that more than 81 million Americans had one or more forms of cardiovascular disease, including everything from high blood pressure to stroke and heart failure.

Fortunately, the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease is declining, a fact partially attributable to better early detection and treatment of such conditions. St. Elizabeth Vascular Institute Director Vera Hall says certain individuals may benefit from screening appointments at one of the CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit’s stops in the coming months.

"Individuals should consider undergoing these screenings particularly if they have family histories of cardiac or carotid artery disease or abdominal aortic aneurysm. Likewise, those who smoke, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, might also consider the screenings," she advises.

The Results that Can Save Lives
Hall and Wassom say that all screening results are reported to the individual and his or her doctor. Those with abnormal results are phoned within two days of the screening by the Vascular Institute nurse practitioner, who’ll discuss the results with them and answer any questions.

Although it might be scary to receive word of abnormal results, the good news is that with early detection there may be treatment options that would not be possible if the condition had worsened or resulted in a major cardiovascular event.

Normal screening results are sent to each individual and his or her requested physician so they can be discussed at the next office visit, if desired. The St. Elizabeth CardioVascular Mobile Unit staff are also always available to answer any questions individuals have regarding their screenings.

To find out when the St. Elizabeth CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit might be in your neighborhood, go online to and check the calendar page. You can also call (859)301-WELL for information about the van’s scheduled stops or to obtain details about booking the mobile unit at your workplace, church or organization.

Editor’s Note: This is a special advertising section provided by St. Elizabeth Healthcare.