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Free carotid artery screening Aug. 17 in Portsmouth, Ohio


Ashland, Ky. – King’s Daughters Medical Center, in cooperation with the Kentucky Heart Foundation, is offering a free screening to detect carotid artery disease. The screening will begin at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Kentucky Heart Institute offices, 2001 Scioto Trail, Portsmouth, Ohio.


Appointments are required and may be made by calling 1.866.HEART.KY (432-7859). Vascular/endovascular surgeon Al Addasi, M.D., of Tri-State Vascular Specialists will review results immediately following the screening.


The screening consists of an ultrasound exam of the carotid arteries, which supply blood to the brain. Blockages in these arteries can lead to stroke. Participants also will receive a check of total cholesterol and blood pressure.


The carotid screening is available to people age 50 and older. It is recommended for those who:

  • have a history of high blood pressure;
  • smoke (or who have smoked);
  • have a family history of carotid artery disease/stroke;
  • consume a diet high in saturated or animal fats;
  • have diabetes; and
  • lead a sedentary lifestyle.


Additional screening criteria may apply, which allow King’s Daughters to see those most at risk.


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