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Baptist Health partners with Life Line for community screenings

Baptist Health Paducah and Life Line Screening are partnering to find vascular disease and other conditions so they can be treated before they become life-threatening.

If you’re over 50, with risk factors like high blood pressure, obesity and smoking, these screenings could save your life, for example, by finding an abdominal aneurysm so it can be repaired before it ruptures.

“Abdominal aortic aneurysms typically are called ‘silent killers,’” said Griffin Bicking, D.O., Baptist Health vascular surgeon. “It is estimated that more than one million people are living with undiagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysms, and at least 95% of these can be successfully treated if detected prior to rupture.” 

Dr. Bicking said the screenings use non-invasive ultrasound to detect an enlargement of the abdominal aorta.

Screenings also include non-invasive ultrasound to detect plaque in the neck’s carotid arteries, which can lead to stroke by obstructing blood flow to the brain or breaking off and flowing to the brain.  Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. with nearly 157,000 deaths each year; stroke also is the leading cause of permanent disability in older people.

Other non-invasive screenings use ultrasound to estimate bone density; EKG to detect heart arrhythmia, which can lead to stroke; and the Ankle-Brachial Index for lower extremity vascular disease, a risk factor for heart attack and stroke.

Board certified physicians will read each test, and you’ll receive results in the mail.

Upcoming screenings dates and locations are:

  • July 17 – 10 a.m., Carterville Community Center, Carterville, Ill.
  • July 30 – 9 a.m., First Christian Church, Marion, Ill.
  • Aug. 13 – 11 a.m., First United Methodist Church, Fulton.
  • Aug. 14 – 9 a.m., Poplar Spring Baptist Church, Murray.
  • Aug. 20 – 10 a.m., First Baptist Church, Harrisburg, Ill.
  • Sept. 17 – 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, Kevil.
  • Sept. 18 – 9 a.m., Joe Creason Community Building, Benton.

Screenings are priced individually or in a package. Use code PBHP-001 at 866.964.5850 or to receive five screenings, plus a disease risk assessment, for $209 or the stroke and vascular package for $139.

For information or other health questions, phone Baptist Health Line at 270.575.2918.