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Cardiovascular disease is the number one health problem in this country today. More than half of Americans will die from complications of atherosclerotic disease, the root cause of cardiovascular disease and millions more will suffer debilitating complications that rob many Americans of a meaningful quality of life. One million Americans die of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disorders every year in the United States—that means 2 out of every 5 deaths in the United States, or one life every 33 seconds. Unfortunately, the majority of people with this disease are unaware of their problem until severe complications or death occur.
The Dare to C.A.R.E. program was started in 2000 to help raise awareness about Cardiovascular Disease. The program involves attending on evening of informative lectures given by physicians and other staff from Warren General Hospital. The main topics include the definition of the various types of cardiovascular disease, causes and risks for the disease, and the latest treatment options. The second portion of this program involves a free blood pressure check, free blood screening, and a free non-invasive ultrasound examination of your carotid arteries, abdominal aorta, and evaluation of the circulation in your legs.
The C.A.R.E. acronym stands for:
Carotid Artery Disease: the primary source of preventable strokes.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: the 10th leading cause of death in men.
Renal Artery Stenosis: responsible for at least 20% of patients on dialysis.
Extremity Artery Disease: a disease which has a mortality rate significantly higher than breast cancer and affects 12 million Americans.
Warren General Hospital offers the Dare to C.A.R.E. Program 2 times throughout the year in the evenings at the Days Inn of Warren. The next Dare to C.A.R.E. program will be in September 2017. Date will be posted in late summer. Program starts at 5:00pm. To pre-register for this free service call Debbie Gray at 814-723-4973 ext. 2065 before the event. Be sure to check us out on Facebook page for updates.