BAKERSFIELD, CA – December 5, 2017 – Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in America. Every year, more than 600,000 people die of heart disease—that’s one out of every four deaths. Unfortunately, the majority of people with this disease are living unaware of their risks. Dignity Health Memorial Hospital is now offering Dare to C.A.R.E., a free vascular disease screening program, to help identify at-risk individuals and intervene early when the diseases are easier to treat.
The Dare to C.A.R.E. program screens for common vascular diseases: carotid artery disease; abdominal aortic aneurysm, which is highly deadly if the aneurysm ruptures; and extremity artery disease, which can cause serious complications in the lower legs and in severe cases, may lead to amputation.
The program is currently available at the Dignity Health Medical Institute of Central California located at 3838 San Dimas St, Suite A-140.
To learn about eligibility and how to make an appointment for a free screening, call the clinic at (661) 632-7438.
About Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular disease affects the heart and arteries in the body. It is called coronary artery disease (CAD) when the heart is involved and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) when it involves arteries in other parts of the body, such as the arms, legs, kidneys, intestines and brain.
Potential at-risk criteria for vascular disease include age (greater than 60) and risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or smoking. Individuals over the age of 50 who have any of the listed risk factors are also considered at-risk. Family history of vascular disease is also a contributing factor including events in the immediate family such as stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, kidney failure, sudden cardiac death, or abdominal aortic aneurysms.
About Dignity Health Memorial Hospital
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital is a 426 bed acute care medical center offering a full range of services including the Sarvanand Heart and Brain Center, Grossman Burn Center at Memorial Hospital, expanded maternity and family care, the Lauren Small Children’s Center, orthopedic services, wound care center, 24-hour emergency care and general/outpatient surgery. Memorial Hospital is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and is home to the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House. Memorial Hospital is a member of Dignity Health and is a trusted community partner, serving residents of Bakersfield and Kern County with quality, compassionate care since 1956.