Vascular disease exams offered free to at-risk patients

April 30, 2003

An Annapolis doctor announced yesterday that over the next year he intends to offer free vascular disease screenings to any at-risk residents of state House District 30, the capital-area political jurisdiction.

The screenings will begin Friday at Anne Arundel Medical Center and are intended to detect carotid artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysms, renal artery disease and extremity artery disease.

At-risk residents include those who are at least 55 years old and smokers or former smokers, as well as people who have high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, or a history of strokes or stroke symptoms.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the medical center.

The district stretches along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay from the lower Broadneck Peninsula in the north to Franklin Manor on the Bay to the south. The district includes Annapolis, Highland Beach, Mayo, Galesville, Shady Side, West River and other communities.

Dr. John M. Martin of Cardiology Associates said he hopes to screen more than 10,000 people in the next year. Information: 410-573-9483 or visit www.ask aamc.org.

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