Parkview Heart Institute leaders today introduced the Parkview HealthFair Heart Mobile Screening Coach. The medical specialty coach will provide common heart screenings from a healthcare setting in convenient, public locations.
A team of four staff provides services aboard the mobile coach. In less than an hour, an ultrasound technician can perform six different screenings in one of two private exam rooms. These types of screenings are recommended for those 45 and older. Residents with risk factors such as diabetes, family history, and smoking are encouraged to consider these screenings beginning at age 40.
“Heart disease is the leading cause of death killing more than a half a million Americans every year,” said Chad Carpenter, COO, Parkview Heart Institute. “This mobile coach makes it convenient to get the appropriate screenings that can potentially prevent heart attacks and strokes, saving lives and avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations.”
Following the screenings, patients’ results are read by board-certified physicians and available in a few days. Patients receive a preliminary report by email and a full report is mailed to their home address. If abnormalities are discovered during a screening, patients will be contacted by a case coordinator for further follow-up action.
To date, the Parkview HealthFair Heart Mobile Screening Coach team has already screened 97 individuals. Of those, 60 individuals had some type of previously undetected abnormality and one person’s results required emergent follow-up as their test indicated a serious health concern.
Anyone interested in learning more can visit www.ParkviewHealthFair.com or by calling 1-855-356-TEST.
Ultrasound screenings of the heart and arteries include:
Echocardiogram Produces a video of the heart to detect enlargement of the heart, valve abnormalities, blood clots, and tumors.
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