At the beginning of May, Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell started offering the same stroke and vascular screening you can get at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls. We met the man who was first in line to get screened at the hospital.
When Pat Clark of Mitchell heard that Avera Queen of Peace Hospital was going to start providing stroke and vascular screenings, he knew it wasn't going to get any easier or cheaper than this to find out if he was at risk for falling victim to the 3rd leading cause of death in this country.
Screening patient Pat Clark says, "I did it partly because I'm 63 and I realize I'm not immortal anymore. Also I had a grandma that was healthy and at age 70 had a massive cerebral hemorrhage (killing her) which was completely unexpected."
Pat didn't want any surprises so for $90 so he took advantage of all 3 screenings; One for stroke, one for abdominal aortic aneurysm and one for peripheral arterial disease. Vascular technologist June Stewart is using ultrasound to see if there's any buildup of plaque in Pat's carotid arteries which is a condition that can lead to stroke.
Dr. David Malters in Avera Queen of Peace Cardiopulmonary Services Department says, "Hardening of the arteries doesn't just happen in one place like in the carotid artery or in the abdomen or in the legs. If we find disease in one place it's likely, 30% likely, we will find disease in other places. If we find carotid artery disease there is a 30% you will have heart disease. It's all important to find early on before you have a stroke, aneurysm that ruptured or a loss of a limb from peripheral artery disease.
We watched as June was checking Pat's vertebral artery that goes up the spine and feeds the back side of the brain. She said Pat's looks good.
Pat says, "If you are thinking it's painful to get these screening tests done, it's not. It's no stress at all. All three screenings takes less than a half hour with no physical discomfort at all."
Prevention with no pain yet you gain peace of mind if your arteries are clean and knowledge to make some changes if they aren't.
Each test costs $35 dollars or you can get all three for $90. Screenings at Avera Queen of Peace are available two days a week: Wednesday and Thursday from 1-3pm. Call 605.995.2473 or 1.888.531.1685 to make an appointment.