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Adventist Heart & Vascular Institute Offers Free Cardiovascular Screenings

Heart Health

October 5, 2018 (Calistoga, Calif.) – The Adventist Heart & Vascular Institute at Adventist Health St. Helena will begin offering free cardiovascular disease screenings in Calistoga beginning October 9. The program, called Dare to C.A.R.E., screens for common vascular diseases, such as clogged arteries, that are often symptomless precursors to serious heart complications or stroke.

Statistics show that more than 795,000 Americans will have a stroke each year caused by heart or vascular disease. Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Through the Dare to C.A.R.E. screenings, individuals are screened for common diseases such as:

  • Carotid Artery Disease, which is responsible for at least 300,000 strokes a year.
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms, the third leading cause of sudden death in men over 60.
  • Renal Artery Stenosis, a disease affecting over 5 million Americans.
  • Extremity Artery Disease, which affects over 10 million Americans.

Any individual age 60-plus, or an individual age 50 or over who has certain risk factors, such as smoking, diabetes or a family history, is eligible for this free screening. The program also accepts individuals with diabetes over the age of 40.

At the screening an ultrasound technician conducts a carotid artery duplex test, abdominal aortic ultrasound and extremity testing for peripheral artery disease. Following the painless, 15-minute screening, results will be shared with the patient and sent back to the patient’s primary care provider. If the ultrasound shows disease, the provider and patient can meet to discuss a treatment options.

“As we are all too aware, cardiovascular disease is one of the most pervasive problems facing our patients today,” says John Laird, MD, Medical Director for the Adventist Heart & Vascular Institute. “Early intervention, prevention and education are key to improving the heart and vascular health of our local community.”

Screenings will be offered at the Adventist Health Physicians Network Medical Office – Vermeil in Calistoga on two Tuesdays each month. Appointments for the free, no-obligation screenings can be scheduled by calling (888) 529-9018. Learn more by visiting

Adventist Health Clear Lake is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities. Our compassionate and talented team of 35,000 includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God's love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Together, we are transforming the American healthcare experience with an innovative, yet timeless, whole-person focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing.