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.
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.
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!
Futura Health Screening is the first and only ICAVL accredited noninvasive vascular screening program in Washington State. On December 1, 2010 Futura Health Screening attained recognition for its commitment to providing a high level of patient care and quality testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease. Futura achieved accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) in the area of screening, which includes screening for carotid artery disease, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT). Read more here.