Cardiovascular disease and stroke are the number one and number
three leading causes of death in the United States.
Additionally, there are thousands more who survive a heart
attack, or stroke ("brain attack"), but have impaired function
as a result. Beyond the human cost, the cost of treating these
conditions and the cost to employers in terms of lost
productivity runs into the multiple millions of dollars each
day! Ideally, we would like to do away with these conditions.
Until that time arrives, there is much we can do through
prevention and early detection to minimize the impact of these
killers. Adventist Health's Stroke Alert program can help.
Stroke Alert is a carotid screening and education program
conducted by the Vascular Laboratory Department of Adventist
Medical Center (AMC). The screenings take place at AMC in
Portland or throughout the community via partnership with
Adventist Health/Wellness Services' Community Healthvan
Program. No physician referral is required.
What Can I Expect During My Test?
Those who participate in the Stroke Alert Screening will
receive an ultrasound of the carotid arteries, the main
arteries to the head. A registered nurse/vascular technologist
conducts the screening. The exam is painless, completely safe
and requires only a few minutes per participant. After the
screening, you will receive a report of the findings, copies of
the images of your arteries and recommendations for follow-up.
The technician will review these materials with you to help you
understand what you can do to decrease your risk of having a
What Does Stroke Alert Cost?
The fee for the Stroke Alert Screening is typically $45. This
is considerably less than some other screening vendors in the
community. For larger groups and selected Community Healthvan
events, the fee is discounted. To receive the discount, there
must be a guaranteed number of participants. Contact us for
more details on this program.
How Can I Have a Stroke Alert Screening?
There are a number of ways to sign up for a Stroke
- Contact your physician. If it is appropriate, they can
order the test for you;
- Contact the Vascular Lab for a personal appointment by
calling 503-251-6131; or
- For corporate and community screenings, please call
Occupational Health Services at 503-261-6916.