Glenwood Regional Medical Center is taking healthcare on the road

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Glenwood Regional Medical Center is taking healthcare on the road this week. They’ll have their mobile Vascular Screening bus in front of KNOE starting today, July 9th, until July 12th.

Glenwood Regional Medical Center is taking healthcare on the road with their mobile Vascular Screening bus. (Source: KNOE)

They’ll be looking for blockages and enlargements in the arteries. Karen Sinclair is a Nurse Practitioner with the Heart and Vascular Institute at Glenwood. She says vascular disease can lead to more serious health problems down the road.

"Increase your risk of stroke if you have a certain type of abnormal heart rhythm called Atrial Fibrillation where the upper and lower chambers are not in sync with one another and clots could form in the heart,” says Sinclair. “Also obesity, cigarette smoking, diabetes, inactivity, lifestyle changes are a huge indicator of greater risk."

At the mobile unit, technicians will test for things like blood pressure, Atrial Fibrillation, and body mass index. They’ll also look at the Abdominal Aorta to see if it’s enlarged, which they say puts you at greater risk of having an aneurysm.

Sinclair says it’s also important to talk to patients about the warning signs of strokes and heart disease as well as what they can do to stay healthy.

They say getting an AngioScreen only takes about 15 minutes, and it’s a painless process.

Not only is their mobile unit good for people with busy schedules, but they say this makes healthcare more accessible too.

"The bus gives us an opportunity to go to different areas especially rural areas, where there isn't an opportunity for some patients to go to the hospital or see a cardiologist or things of that nature,” says Stephanie Dunn, the AngioScreen Marketing Manager.

The screening costs $40, and Dunn says you should make an appointment ahead of time by calling 1-877-726-9355.

At the end of the screening, the technician will discuss the results with you and you'll get a printed version that you can take to your primary care doctor.

Again, the vascular screening bus will be parked outside of KNOE today, July 9th until July 12th. If you miss the bus this week, they’ll be back at KNOE July 22nd to July 24th.