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University of Iowa News Release

June 13, 2003

UI Vascular Specialists Offer Screenings

A limited number of openings remain for complimentary cardiovascular health screenings at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics June 18-19.

The UI Division of Vascular Surgery is hosting the American Vascular Association screening program next week.

"We will have time to screen approximately 60 people. We've received such a tremendous response that we only have a few openings left," said Jamal Hoballah, M.D., chair of the Division of Vascular Surgery and professor in the UI department of surgery. "However, we will place the names of people who contact us on a waiting list so that we can call and register them for future screenings."

This comprehensive screening program will scan for non-cardiac vascular disease, hypertension and heart rhythm abnormalities that might increase the risk of stroke. The screening includes:

* A carotid ultrasound to check blood flow in the neck
* An aortic ultrasound to detect an enlarged aortic aneurysm
* An EKG strip to monitor heart rhythms
* An ankle/brachial index that measures blood pressure in the upper arms and ankles
* A limited physician consultation to review results

The screening will be held in the Surgery Outpatient Clinic, 1400 John Colloton Pavilion, located on the first level across from Elevator F, on the afternoon and evening of June 18 and the afternoon of June 19. The screening will take approximately one hour to complete. There will be no charge for the screening, but the number of people who can be scheduled for the sessions is limited, so advance registration is necessary.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact UI Health Access at 319-384-8442 or toll free 800-777-8442 and request to be scheduled for the AVA Screening Program. You will need to be NPO (nothing by mouth, including water) for six hours prior to this screening.

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