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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 noon Friday, June 8 at King’s Daughters Family Care Center – Olive Hill, 391 W. Tom T. Hall Blvd.

Appointments are required and may be made by calling 1-888-377-KDMC (5362).

Vascular/endovascular surgeon Brandon Law, 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.

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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