TriStar Summit January 18, 2011

A Simple Test That Could Save Your Life

January 18, 2011 - Each hour, 100 American lives are claimed by vascular disease, a form of cardiovascular disease that primarily attacks the blood vessels.

Vascular disease is the leading cause of heart attacks and strokes. When calcium deposits or fats build up in the arteries, it can narrow the vessels to a point where the blood cannot pass through. When this happens in or near the heart, it causes a person to have a heart attack. When the vessels that are blocked carry blood to the brain, it leads to a stroke.

With no needles or radiation and less than 15 minutes of your time, you can find out your risk for heart attack or stroke and get information about your circulation.

Summit Medical Center will offer AngioScreen® - a simple, non-invasive vascular screening designed to provide you with information about your heart rhythm, neck and leg arteries, blood pressure, body mass index in addition to an overall fitness assessment. AngioScreen® measures your Ankle Brachial Index, a screening for blockages in the leg arteries that is normally not performed by doctors, unless patients are symptomatic.

Immediately following the AngioScreen®, individuals will receive a consultation in addition to a color ultrasound picture printout and digital record showing a picture of their carotid arteries.

The screening will be offered on Friday, February 4, in the hospital's Community Classrooms. The cost of the screening is $50, and appointments are available from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Space is limited; to schedule a screening call TriStar MedLine at (615) 342-1919.

Summit Medical Center is a 188 private bed regional medical center serving the residents of Davidson, Wilson and surrounding counties. Summit offers a full range of services including emergency, medical, surgical, obstetric, oncology, psychiatric and diagnostic services. With the latest advances in Convenient Care services, including the area's first hospital based 64-slice CT scanner, Summit is committed to providing quality healthcare to the communities it serves. For more information, visit and click on Summit Medical Center or call (615) 316-3000.