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American Vascular Association to Launch Largest Vascular Screening Campaign.

Nationwide Early Detection Program Can Prevent Death and Disability Among Older Americans

BALTIMORE, May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Vascular Association will screen more than 10,000 Americans this May as part of the largest and most comprehensive vascular screening effort of its kind. The not-for-profit foundation expects to prevent strokes and sudden death due to undetected aneurysms by screening for vascular conditions at more than 200 locations across the country during Vascular Health Week, May 14 to 21.

The nationwide campaign, which is in its third year, will target men and women age 55 and older, who are in a key risk group for vascular disease. Vascular disease outside the heart kills and cripples countless Americans every year despite widely available non-invasive procedures to detect its most common forms: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Peripheral Arterial Disease and Carotid Artery Disease:
 -- Rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is the 10th leading cause
 of death in men over 50
 -- Strokes due to carotid artery disease are the #1 cause of disability
 in this country and the 3rd leading cause of death
 -- 30-50 million Americans have peripheral arterial disease (PAD) which
 could develop crippling leg problems, heart attack and stroke - even
 amputation




"Our National Screening Program is a wonderful opportunity to provide early detection of major vascular problems," said Dr. William R. Flinn, vice chairman of the American Vascular Association. "This screening program will enable participants to know definitively their level of vascular health. Once they have that information, the odds of successful treatment go way up."

The American Vascular Association has created the National Screening Program to educate the public about major vascular healthcare problems, risk factors, prevention and treatment options. The tests - all of which are non- invasive, painless and simple to administer - will include a carotid duplex ultrasound scan, an ultrasound aortic scan and a Doppler test for PAD. Participants will also have their blood pressure measured. Educational materials on vascular diseases and their prevention and treatment will be distributed to patients during the screenings.

Founded in 2002, the American Vascular Association (AVA) is a foundation of the Society for Vascular Surgery. The AVA mission is to reduce death and disability due to vascular disease, and one of its primary objectives is to increase public awareness of vascular disease and the importance of early detection through non-invasive screenings. More information about the organization can be found at its website: http://www.vascularweb.org/ or by calling toll-free 877-AVA-2010.

*Editor's Note: A complete list of participating cities and b-roll is available, as well as local vascular experts for media interviews. Please contact TBC Public Relations for more details.

CONTACT: Judith Sylk-Siegel, +1-212-751-9266, jsylksiegel@tbc.us, Karin Matz, +1-312-829-0216, kmatz@msn.com, or Marnie Goldman, +1-410-986-1306, mgoldman@tbc.us, TBC Public Relations, for American Vascular Association

Web site: http://www.vascularweb.org/
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