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The six-minute screening that can save your life

February 13, 2014 General Wellness

black leather strap watchYou know that blood pressure and cholesterol are important; they play a role in your risk for your diabetes, certain cancer, heart attack and stroke risk, and more. But when was the last time you had your peak systolic velocity checked? How about an ankle brachial index? Although they are important, blood pressure and cholesterol are only two factors that affect your overall heart health. But in order to get a full picture, more tests are often necessary.“A visit with your primary care doctor can give you the basic information you need about your health. But if you have a family or a personal history of heart problems, it’s best to get a comprehensive screening that will give you a more in-depth look at your cardiovascular health,” explains Eric Gnall, DO, interventional cardiologist at Lankenau Heart Institute.

Fortunately, it doesn’t take repeat appointments with a cardiologist or primary care doctor to get the screenings you need; all it takes is six minutes. Lankenau’s weekly AngioScreen event offers seven heart health screenings that are conducted in only a few minutes and offer a full picture of your heart and vascular health.

“These screenings can tell you so much more than a regular doctor’s appointment can; your risk for an aortic aneurysm, plaque buildup in your arteries, a report of your heart’s electrical activity…it’s a screening that can truly save your life,” says Dr. Gnall.

In addition to the screenings, the event also offers a personal consultation with a member of the screen team regarding your results. They’ll be able to tell you what’s normal, what’s not, how you can improve your heart health, and whether or not you need an appointment with a physician.

AngioScreen events are open to the general public, regardless of your health history or insurance.