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AngioScreen Offered Free for Veterans

Screening Determines Patient's Risk for Heart Disease

The Medical Center, Navicent Health (MCNH) will offer AngioScreen, a noninvasive screening to determine a patient's risk of heart disease, on Tuesday, November 28. Screenings will be offered from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at MCNH's Albert Luce Jr. Heart Institute, located at the corner of First and Hemlock Streets.

Those interested in obtaining a screening may call 1-800-627-2393 to register. There is a $50 fee for this screening, but Angioscreen will be offered at no charge for U.S. military veterans.

AngioScreen is a noninvasive, painless and quick screening that provides information about heart rhythm, neck and leg arteries, blood pressure, body mass index and cardiovascular fitness. AngioScreen specifically uses a carotid artery ultrasound test to determine the presence of plaque in the arteries leading to the brain, and an ankle brachial test to determine blockages in the legs, the number one early predictor of heart disease. AngioScreen also tests for atrial fibrillation, a common adult arrhythmia and a contributor to stroke. The screening lasts approximately 12 minutes, and participants receive colored photographs to share with their physicians if medical care is needed to prevent heart attack or stroke.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, with no regard for race or ethnicity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in every four deaths in the U.S. is related to heart disease.

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent was incorporated on November 17, 1994, as a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to coordinate The Medical Center, Navicent Health and other affiliated entities in their mission of providing a comprehensive continuum of high quality, reasonably priced healthcare services to the region. Atrium Health Navicent has 970 beds for medical, surgical, rehabilitation and hospice purposes. The health system includes The Medical Center, Navicent Health, a nationally recognized tertiary teaching hospital; Atrium Health Navicent Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital, the region's only dedicated pediatric hospital; Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin and Medical Center of Peach County, Atrium Health Navicent, both rural critical access hospitals; Rehabilitation Hospital, Atrium Health Navicent, the region's oldest and most experienced rehabilitation provider; Pine Pointe, Atrium Health Navicent, which provides palliative and hospice care in homes and in its facility; Carlyle Place, Atrium Health Navicent, the area's first continuing care retirement community; Navicent Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Atrium Health Navicent; as well as diagnostic and home care services. For more information, please visit www.navicenthealth.org.


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