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Vascular Health Screenings Offered in West Seattle for Stroke Awareness Month

Are you are over 50, have high blood pressure, are a past or current smoker, or have high cholesterol? If so, then you are at risk for vascular disease, such as stroke, aneurysms and peripheral arterial disease (leg artery blockage).

Futura Health Screening will be offering accurate and affordable screening exams from 9 am to 3 pm on Wednesday, May 25, hosted by Merrill Gardens at Admiral Heights, 2326 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA.

Strokes occur when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and vital nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. The presence of carotid artery blockage, also known as stenosis, is the leading cause of strokes.

An estimated 20 to 30 million Americans are at risk for vascular diseases such as stroke, peripheral arterial disease and aortic aneurysm. Preventative screening allows for early detection and treatment before a catastrophic event, such as a stroke or aneurysm rupture.

The screening exams include carotid artery ultrasound to detect stroke-causing plaque, abdominal aortic ultrasound to detect an aneurysm, and ankle brachial index (ABI) to detect peripheral arterial disease in the legs. The screenings are painless and take about 15 minutes to perform.

Screenings are $45 each or $125 for all three. No doctor referral is necessary. Pre-registration is required. Call (425) 398-7797 to schedule a screening.

Futura Health Screening is the only ICAVL accredited non-invasive vascular screening program in Washington State. Futura Health Screening is a division of Pacific Vascular, Inc., the largest provider of vascular ultrasound testing in the Northwest.

Merrill Gardens at Admiral Heights is located in the heart of West Seattle offering independent and assisted living and respite care.

Know the Stroke Warning Signs ~ It Could Save Your Life!

According to the American Stroke Association, from the moment a stroke occurs, millions of brain cells die each minute, increasing the risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death. Click here to learn about stroke warning signs.

So, if you or someone with you has one or more of these stroke signs, do not delay! Immediately call 9-1-1.  

Also, check the time so you will know when the first symptoms appeared. If it is a stroke, it is very important to take immediate medical action. A clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke, if given within in three hours of the start of a stroke.

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!

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!

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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