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University of Iowa News Release

May 6, 2004

Free Screening Will Test For Stroke, Aneurysm And Leg Pain Problems

People with an increased risk for potential life-threatening disorders such as stroke, aneurysms in the abdomen and pain in their legs can receive free screenings May 14 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The Division of Vascular Surgery at UI Hospitals and Clinics will provide the complementary screening as part of a national program organized by the American Vascular Association.

This comprehensive screening program will scan for non-cardiac vascular disease such as blockage in the blood flow in the neck that might increase the risk of stroke, enlargement of the abdominal aorta (abdominal aortic aneurysm) and blockages in the circulation of blood in the legs.

The screening includes:

--An ultrasound test of the carotid artery and the abdominal aorta.
--An ankle/brachial index that measures blood pressure in the arms and ankles.
--A brief physician consultation to review the results.

The screening will require approximately one hour and will be conducted in the Surgery Outpatient Clinic, located on the first floor of the John Colloton Pavilion across from elevator F. The service will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This service is offered free of charge, but the number of available appointments is limited, so advance registration is necessary. Individuals who could benefit most from this screening include people age 55 and older with history of hypertension, heart disease, smoking or family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm. Participants must be NPO (nothing by mouth, including water) for the six-hour period prior to their screening.

For more information, call UI Health Access at 319-384-8442 or toll free 800-777-8442 and ask to register for the vascular screening program, or visit www.uihealthcare.com/surgery.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.