The University of Chicago Medicine launches “Dare to C.A.R.E.”

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Cardiovascular disease is the leading health issue in America today, but many of the conditions associated with it can go undetected until they cause serious illness or death. To help identify individuals at risk — and intervene early when treatment is most effective — the University of Chicago Medicine is launching a free heart and vascular disease screening program, called Dare to C.A.R.E.

The Dare to C.A.R.E. program screens for four common vascular diseases:

  • Carotid artery disease, which causes strokes;
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm, which can be lethal if an aneurysm bursts;
  • Renal artery disease, which can lead to serious kidney disease and hemodialysis; and
  • Extremity artery disease, which affects the lower legs and can lead to amputation.

Christopher Skelly, MD, chief of vascular surgery at the University of Chicago, called the screening program a “valuable public health tool in the fight against the illness that’s the leading cause of death in the United States.”

The hospital hopes to screen 500 participants during the first year of the effort.

“Many older adults have risk factors for cardiovascular disease,” Skelly said. “We strongly advocate for screenings that can help detect cardiovascular disease at early stages, when we have the best chance of helping the patient by stopping disease progression.”

Weekly screenings, which typically involve a 20-minute, non-invasive ultrasound, will be offered on Saturdays starting Oct. 4.

To learn about eligibility or to make an appointment for a free screening, visit www.uchospitals.edu/dare-to-care or call the hospital at 773-834-5599.

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