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Published on April 04, 2012

University Hospital To Hold Vascular Screenings

COLUMBIA, Mo. ― University Hospital’s vascular surgery team will offer free abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and carotid artery disease screenings from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at University Hospital. The screenings will be available for men and women ages 60 and older who smoke, have diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol, or a family history of these conditions.

Abdominal aortic aneurysms are a potentially deadly disease that can cause the blood vessel to burst. An aortic aneurysm can strike suddenly, and it typically isn’t detected in regular physical exams. Targeted screenings are the most effective way to detect them.

Peripheral arterial disease is a common circulatory problem in which the arteries in the limbs are narrowed, causing a reduction of blood flow, particularly to the legs. While symptoms may not be obvious, they can include mild discomfort to debilitating pain.

Carotid artery disease is another condition that results in the narrowing of the artery and reduction of blood flow to the brain. As with other conditions involving plaque buildup within the artery, symptoms may not be obvious. However blurred vision, memory loss, confusion, loss of speech or language and weakness in one part of the body could be signs of carotid artery disease.

Registration for the screenings is required. To register, please contact Cristin Mumma at (573) 882-6139 or