Baton Rouge General Offers Free Vascular Screening at Mid City Campus

BATON ROUGE, La. – Baton Rouge General (BRG) and Vascular Specialty Center (VSC) are hosting a free vascular screening on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4-6 p.m. at BRG’s Mid City campus.

The screening event, which includes a vascular ultrasound, is designed to identify signs, symptoms and risk factors of peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD can develop when arteries become clogged with plaque and increases the risk of heart attack or stroke.

“PAD affects one in every 20 Americans over the age of 50, and some people don’t even know they have it because they aren’t showing any symptoms,” said Dr. Vince Weaver, a vascular surgeon at VSC. “It is so important to help people identify and understand their risk factors, so that they have the information needed to make a positive change in their health.”

Major risk factors for PAD include older age, smoking, those with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and physical inactivity. The event is open to adults over 50 who have not had a screening in the past two years.

It will take place at Mid City Specialty Center, which is located on BRG’s campus at 3600 Florida Blvd. The screening is free, but participants should reserve a spot at brgeneral.org.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as an affiliate of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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