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ASHLAND, Ky. – King’s Daughters Medical Center, in conjunction with the Kentucky Heart Foundation, is offering free carotid artery screenings, beginning at noon Friday, Feb. 10, at the Kentucky Heart Institute offices in Paintsville, 313 West St., Suite 2.

The screening consists of an ultrasound exam of the carotid arteries to check for blockages and/or weaknesses. The carotid arteries are major blood vessels that serve the brain. Blockages in the carotids can lead to stroke.

The screening is for people ager 50 and older. People who are, or have been, smokers; or who have diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure or a combination of these are at increased risk for carotid artery disease. Additional screening criteria may apply, which allow us to see those at greatest risk for the disease.

Vascular/endovascular surgeon Brandon Law, MD, will review your results immediately following the screening.

The screening is free, but appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, call 1-888-377-KDMC (5362).  

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