Baton Rouge General (BRG) and Vascular Clinic are hosting a free vascular screening on Aug. 22 from 5-7 p.m. at BRG’s Bluebonnet campus. The screening event is designed to identify signs, symptoms, and risk factors of carotid artery disease, which increases the risk of stroke.
“Heart disease and stroke are two of the most widespread health issues in the U.S.,” said Dr. Taylor S. Gwin of the Vascular Clinic. “Every 40 seconds, an adult dies of a heart attack, stroke, or related disease – and 20 percent of them are under 65 years old.”
The screening is targeted to those who are:
·Over 50 years old
·Have not received a screening in the past one-two years
·Have at least three of the following risk factors:
- History of smoking
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Family history of heart attack or stroke
The screening is free, but participants should reserve a spot at brgeneral.org.