Now Open National Vascular Screening and Disease Management Program

The Vascular Institute at Montefiore Nyack Hospital

The Vascular Institute at Montefiore Nyack Hospital offers diagnostics tests, education and access to complete medical resources for vascular disease, which left untreated, can lead to stroke, heart disease and aneurysms.

The process starts with a vascular screening test from the DARE to C.A.R.E. program. It is a complimentary heart and vascular screening provided as a cooperative effort through Montefiore Nyack Hospital and the Heart Health Foundation.

How Does it Work?

Dare to C.A.R.E. provides a free vascular screening to any patient over the age of 60, or over the age of 50 with certain risk factors for heart and vascular disease, including smoking, diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. Screenings are also available to diabetics over the age of 40.

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What is the Screen Checking For?

The Dare to C.A.R.E. program screens for abnormalities that cause the following diseases:

  • Carotid Artery Disease: responsible for at least 300,000 strokes a year
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  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: the third leading cause of sudden death in men over 60
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  • Renal Artery Stenosis: affecting over 5 million Americans
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  • Lower Extremity Peripheral Artery Disease: affecting over 10 million Americans.
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At the appointment, the vascular technologist will conduct a painless 15-minute, noninvasive ultrasound of your neck, abdomen, and legs. After the screening, your results will be shared with you as well as sent to your doctor. If the ultrasound uncovers disease, you and your family doctor will discuss and decide on a treatment plan that works best for you. Treatment options range from a daily aspirin regimen and lifestyle changes to surgery.

Who Should be Screen for Vascular Disease?

Since plaque builds up over time, the risk of vascular disease increases with age. You are eligible for screening if you are:

  • Over age 60
  • Over age 50 with risk factors
  • Over 40 with diabetes

Certain factors can also increase the risk of vascular disease in patients over 50, including: smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Other important risk factors include family history of heart disease, lack of physical activity and obesity. Talk to your doctor for more information and to see if you are at risk.

How Can I Get Screened?

To schedule an appointment for a free screening, call 1-833-32-HEART (43278). The representative will ask you a few questions about your lifestyle and family history and set an appointment for a no-cost, no-obligation screening. You may also choose to discuss your vascular health with your primary care physician prior to scheduling your screening.