THAYER -- The Oregon County Health Department will hold a community health screening Nov. 14 at Thayer First Baptist Church.
According to Shiela Russell, director of the health department, Life Line Screening will perform vascular screenings that are painless and non-evasive. She said they use state-of-the-art Doppler color flow ultrasound systems for carotid artery screening which visualizes the buildup of plaque in the carotid arteries. Russell said up to 75 percent of all strokes are linked to carotid artery blockage.
Another screening that will be performed will be the abdominal aortic aneurysm test, which visualizes the existence of an aneurysm (enlargement) in the abdominal aorta that could lead to a ruptured aortic artery. Russell said the vast majority of people who have an abdominal aneurysm have no symptoms and the mortality rate of a ruptured aorta is 80 to 94 percent.
Russell said ankle brachial index screenings will also be performed. This screens for peripheral arterial disease in the lower extremities.
Russell said both men and women will have the opportunity to have bone density tests.
The screenings are not free. Call the health department to find out the cost of the screenings or to make an appointment for any or all of the screenings call 800-324-1851.