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Archive for February, 2011

Free PAD Screenings at Fiesta de Salud In Yakima, WA

On July 30th, 2010, twelve Pacific Vascular and Futura Health Screening ultrasound technologists gave up their Saturday to participate in the 3rd annual Fiesta de Salud held in Yakima, WA.

Shea Kirschner, RVT performing ABI Exam

Thousands of people in this area cannot afford health insurance, but on this Saturday, many families were able to receive health services they desperately needed, all provided to them at no charge.

The Fiesta de Salud in a Multi-Cultural Health Fair that is sponsored by Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital of Yakima, WA and their partners. Over 50 booths were set up by various healthcare providers and members of the community.

The goal was to provide health screening and information ranging from bicycle safety to early learning programs. The most popular booths provided valuable medical screening, information on nutrition, physical therapy, and social services.

The Pacific Vascular and Futura Health Screening exhibit was among the most active of the entire event. Our technologists provided free PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) screening to roughly 150 people. PAD is an under-diagnosed disease that affects 8-12 million Americans. PAD causes leg pain when walking and if untreated, can lead to gangrene, and possibly amputation. PAD is also a major marker for heart disease. If you have atherosclerosis (artery plaque build-up) in your legs, you are more likely to have blockages in your arteries in your heart, which can lead to a heart attack. PAD is also associated with increase risk of stroke.

Thanks to all of the technologists who gave up their weekend to provide free healthcare service during this valuable community event.

Futura Screening = $1.00 ASA Donation

Did you know that Futura Health Screening donates $1.00 to the American Stroke Association for each screening?

As a shared passion, this donation is used to assist the American Stroke Association’s efforts on educating the public about stroke risk factors, risk factor modification, and the warning signs of stroke.

Futura is dedicated to reducing stroke and its debilitating outcomes through early detection of carotid artery disease, the leading cause of stroke. It is estimated that 80% of strokes can be prevented though early detection, education, medical treatment and risk factor modification.

Are you at risk for stroke? Find out what you can do to prevent stroke.

Get screened!

Top 5 Reasons to Attend A PVICME CME Course!

5.  Expand your career options.

4.  Great location.  Bothell is the Jewel of the Pacific Northwest.  

3.  CME”s available  for physicians and technicians.

2.  Courses offer both lecture and hands-on with live models.

1. Classes are taught by recognized leaders in the industry using actual case studies.

Find out more information at:  http://www.pvicme.com/calendar.htm

Trading Lattes for Health

Did you know that stroke is one of the leading causes of death and the leading cause of disability in America? Did you know that most health insurance companies won’t pay for a vascular screening unless you have symptoms, yet the first symptom is usually a stroke? Hmmmm, that’s good healthcare? Welcome Futura Health Screening. They have developed a simple ultrasound stroke screening process that will let you know exactly how at-risk you are so you can correct the problem now. No, it’s not usually covered by insurance, but it will only cost about as much as you spent on lattes last month. Imagine that!

Diet Soda Tied to Stroke & Heart Attack

A recent study reports that those that drink diet soda every day were 48% more likely to have a stroke, heart attack or vascular death.

New Carotid Screening Recommendations

A screening exam that detects blocked neck arteries is recommended only for people with stroke risk factors. Are you at risk?

Futura Health Screening offers this simple and accurate low-cost ultrasound test.

A recent report states that ultrasound screening for carotid artery disease is recommended in people with no stroke signs or symptoms if they have the following:

  • coronary artery disease
  • peripheral arterial disease
  • aortic aneurysm
  • at least two of the following stroke risk factors:
    • hypertension
    • hyperlipidemia
    • smoking
    • family history of atherosclerosis manifested before age 60
    • family history of ischemic stroke

Futura has always focused on screening only high-risk populations, which is the reason we provide a pre-screening risk calculator and will ask you certain questions on family history and health factors before encouraging you to proceed with a screening.

This 2011 report came from a panel of experts such as the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, and the American College of Cardiology. Click here for the full report.

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