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BRG Offers Free Vascular Screening, Discusses At-Risk Factors for Stroke

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Baton Rouge General (BRG) and Vascular Clinic are hosting a free vascular screening on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 5-7 p.m. at BRG’s Bluebonnet campus. The screening event is designed to identify signs, symptoms and risk factors of carotid artery disease, which increases the risk of stroke.

“Heart disease and stroke are two of the most widespread health issues in the U.S.,” said Dr. Taylor S. Gwin of the Vascular Clinic. “Every 40 seconds, an adult dies of a heart attack, stroke or related disease – and 20 percent of them are under 65 years old.”

The screening is targeted to those who are:

  • Over 50 years old
  • Have not received a screening in the past 1-2 years
  • Have at least three of the following risk factors:
    - Overweight
    - Diabetes
    - History of Smoking
    - High Blood Pressure
    - High Cholesterol
    - Family History of Heart Attack or Stroke

The screening is free, but participants should reserve a spot at

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, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral