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Stroke Screening

Stroke is the number one cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death in the US and nursing home placement. Harden plaque buildup in the carotid artery is a definite indicator of possible stroke. This harden plaque within the carotid artery restricts blood flow to the brain and increases the likelihood of stroke.

BaseLine Echo Screening's technicians apply acoustic gel on an individual's neck where the carotid artery lies and uses an instrument called a transducer to get a painless topical view of that artery. The individual lays down on his or her back (or may be in a sitting position) while this screen is performed. The ultrasound image allows the technician to determine if there is sufficient blockage of the artery to indicate a potential risk for stroke.

Our Second Blog Entry

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors

                                                Are You At Risk?                                                           

Stroke  This screening visualizes the buildup of fatty plaque in the carotid arteries that can lead to stroke, 75% of which could be prevented with screening.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm  This screening visualizes the existence of an aneurysm in the abdominal aorta that can rupture and be fatal.

Peripheral arterial Disease   This screening checks for blockage in the legs.


                                                Risk Factors                                                                  

High blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity, family history, transient ischemic attack (TIA's), history of coronary artery disease.

                                               Symptoms                                                                      

Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the face, arms or legs. Sudden loss of vision or slurred speech, sudden dizziness or severe headaches. TIA's (mini stroke). 

Vast majority are without symptoms. 

Numbness or tingling in the legs, loss of hair on toes and feet, cramping in the legs that is relieved with rest.

Our First Blog Entry

Diabetes Awareness

Diabetes ranks as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Almost every one of us knows someone who has diabetes and has seen the debilitating effects it can have on their lives. An estimated 16 million Americans have diabetes -- about 7.3 percent of the population -- and one-third of them don't know they have the disease. Each year, approximately 800,000 people are diagnosed with diabetes.

Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism -- the way our bodies use digested food for growth and energy. Type 1 diabetes is considered to be an autoimmune disease that strikes children and young adults. Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adults age 40 and older and is often associated with lifestyle. When someone has diabetes, glucose builds up in the blood, overflows into the urine and passes out of the body.