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Bryan Health to Provide Mobile Vascular Screenings at Community Hospital October 23

October 08, 2014

McCook, Nebraska—Bryan Health will provide mobile vascular disease screenings on Thursday, October 23 in McCook. Bryan Health mobile screening bus will be in Community Hospital’s front parking lot to perform abdominal aortic ultrasound screenings, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) screenings and atrial fibrillation (AF or afib) screenings.

Cost is $70 for all three screenings, which is payable to Bryan Health at the appointment. Prices for the separate screenings are listed below. Appointments are necessary by calling Community Hospital’s Surgical and Orthopedic Clinic at 308-344-8376. These screening exams are not covered by insurance, but can be reimbursed by medical flex spending accounts.

Risk factors for arterial disease include high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking history, those age 55 and above and heart disease.

Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound Screening (AAA): Cost is $40

This painless, noninvasive screening detects weakened areas that may lead to rupture in the abdominal aorta. Bryan Health registered vascular technologists will screen individuals and results will be read by a Bryan Health vascular surgeon.

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Screening: Cost is $20

Peripheral Artery Disease or PAD affects about 8 million Americans and is caused by a narrowing or blockage in the blood vessels feeding the pelvis and legs. A painless, noninvasive test called the ankle-brachial index (ABI) compares the blood pressure in the ankles to the blood pressure in the arms to determine how well blood is flowing.

Atrial Fibrillation (AF or a-fib) Screening: Cost is $10

Atrial fibrillation is the most common irregular heart rhythm, affecting 2.2 million Americans, which can lead to a stroke. A-fib is caused by the top two chambers of your heart (atria) beating in an unorganized manner not in sync with the bottom two chambers (ventricles).

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