Could you be living with the ‘silent killer’?

GHP-0212It is estimated that more than one million people are living with undiagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysms. Could you be one of them?

At least 95 percent of these can be treated successfully if detected prior to a rupture. Baptist Health Paducah and Life Line Screening are partnering to find vascular disease and other conditions so they can be treated before they become life-threatening.

If you’re over 50, with risk factors like high blood pressure, obesity and smoking, these screenings could save your life, for example, by finding an abdominal aneurysm so it can be repaired before it ruptures.

What is abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Abdominal aortic aneurysm, also known as AAA, is the 13th leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for more than 15,000 deaths each year, according to the Society for Vascular Surgery.

An aneurysm in the abdominal aorta, the large artery running through the main trunk, occurs when a weak portion expands. The pressure from blood flowing through the aorta causes its weakened part to bulge, much like a balloon.

Screenings

Non-invasive ultrasound can detect an enlargement of the abdominal aorta; find plaque in the neck’s carotid arteries, which can lead to stroke by obstructing blood flow to the brain or breaking off and flowing to the brain; and estimate bone density. Other screenings use EKG to detect heart arrhythmia, which can lead to stroke; and the Ankle-Brachial Index for lower extremity vascular disease, a risk factor for heart attack and stroke.  

Upcoming screenings dates and locations are available, by appointment only:

  • Feb. 12 – 11 a.m., Joe Creason Community Building, Benton
  • Feb. 13 – 9 a.m., Caldwell County EMS, Princeton
  • Feb. 26 – 11 a.m., Memorial Baptist Church, Murray
  • Feb. 27 – 9 a.m., Cadiz United Methodist Church, Cadiz
  • March 12 – 11 a.m., Concord Christian Center, Paducah
  •  March 13 – 9 a.m., Lyon County Convention Center, Eddyville

Screenings are priced individually or in a package. Use code PBHP-001 for discounted prices at 877.237.1383 or www.lifelinescreening.com. Five screenings, plus a disease risk assessment, are $209 or the stroke and vascular package is $139.

For information, phone Baptist Health Line at 270.575.2918.

– Griffin Bicking, DO, vascular surgeon

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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