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Heart Smart

Take this to heart: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Missouri, claiming thousands of lives every year. You can take a proactive role in helping prevent heart disease from affecting you or those you love. By taking just a few simple steps you can significantly reduce your risk of developing heart disease. These steps are avoid tobacco or, if you use tobacco, quit; be active; eat a heart-healthy diet; maintain a healthy weight; keep your blood pressure, total cholesterol and blood sugar at healthy levels; and manage stress.

Peripheral Artery Disease Screening (Free)

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a serious circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to limbs, usually the legs. This causes symptoms such as leg pain when walking.

PAD is also a potential sign of a more widespread accumulation of fatty deposits in the arteries called atherosclerosis. This condition may reduce blood flow to the heart and brain, as well as legs. PAD affects more than 18 million people in the U.S., most over the age of 50. While serious, this disease is treatable.

The screening test is done on bare hands and feet, looking for pulses in each extremity. It will take approximately 30 minutes and you will leave with the test results and recommendation for follow-up, if needed, in your hands. Check out all upcoming dates for PAD screenings.

*Note: this test method does not apply to people with atrial fibrillation or an irregular heartbeat.

Vascular Screening

Tests available:

  • Stroke/carotid artery test. Ultrasound of the carotid arteries visualizing the buildup of fatty plaque, the No. 1 cause of stroke
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm test. Ultrasound testing for enlargement of the abdominal aorta
  • Peripheral artery disease test. Testing for blockages in the legs

The cost for all three screenings is $110 or $50 for an individual screening. Osteoporosis screening is available for an additional $30. A limited number of vascular screenings are available. Please call 800.800.5123 to register.