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Parkview unveils mobile heart screening unit

Statement as issued Tuesday by Parkview Heart Institute:

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Tuesday, September 17, 2013- Parkview Heart Institute leaders today introduced the Parkview HealthFair Heart Mobile Screening Coach. The medical specialty coach will provide common heart screenings from a healthcare setting in convenient, public locations.

A team of four staff provides services aboard the mobile coach. In less than an hour, an ultrasound technician can perform six different screenings in one of two private exam rooms. These types of screenings are recommended for those 45 and older. Residents with risk factors such as diabetes, family history, and smoking are encouraged to consider these screenings beginning at age 40.

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death killing more than a half a million Americans every year,” said Chad Carpenter, COO, Parkview Heart Institute. “This mobile coach makes it convenient to get the appropriate screenings that can potentially prevent heart attacks and strokes, saving lives and avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations.”

Following the screenings, patients’ results are read by board-certified physicians and available in a few days. Patients receive a preliminary report by email and a full report is mailed to their home address. If abnormalities are discovered during a screening, patients will be contacted by a case coordinator for further follow-up action.

To date, the Parkview HealthFair Heart Mobile Screening Coach team has already screened 97 individuals. Of those, 60 individuals had some type of previously undetected abnormality and one person’s results required emergent follow-up as their test indicated a serious health concern.

Anyone interested in learning more can visit www.ParkviewHealthFair.com or by calling 1-855-356-TEST.

Ultrasound screenings of the heart and arteries include:

•Echocardiogram– Produces a video of the heart to detect enlargement of the heart, valve abnormalities, blood clots, and tumors.

•EKG – Provides a picture of the heart’s electrical activity, which may predict pending heart attack, irregular heart rhythms.

•ASI – Measures the flexibility or hardening of the arteries.

•Carotid artery ultrasound – Examines the carotid arteries in the neck to detect he presence of plaque, one of the leading causes of stroke.

•Peripheral arterial disease test – Measure of blood circulation to arms and legs. Poor circulation increase the risk for heart attack or stroke.

•Abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound – Checks for aneurysms in the abdomen. A four-hour fast is required.

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