By Douglas Feiden
It’s free, painless and remarkably easy. It’s also quite fast, taking roughly 30 minutes from beginning to end. And, oh, yes, there’s another thing: It just might save your life.
Southampton Hospital and Stony Brook Medicine are jointly sponsoring a free vascular screening event at 240 Meeting House Lane, adjacent to the main entrance of Southampton Hospital, on March 5.
But demand proved so high for the screening, which identifies risk for aneurysm or stroke, that all 62 available slots were quickly filled by eligible and pre-screened participants barely two or three days after the free testing regimen was announced.
Now, interested parties are being placed on a waiting list in the event of cancellations or upon the scheduling of future events.
The rapid response from screening candidates at risk for vascular disease, which impacts the circulatory system, was encouraging to hospital officials. They note that this is their first planned vascular screening event, and they say that now, they are already considering ways to accommodate what appears to be strong local demand.
“Now that we know there is a significant interest in our community, Southampton Hospital and Stony Brook Medicine will expand efforts to accommodate additional participants and potentially offer screenings in other locations on the East End,” said Jessica Maguire, the endovascular surgery coordinator for Southampton Hospital.
To be notified of upcoming vascular screening events, interested participants can add their names to a dedicated email list by going on line — at http://ow.ly/Yx1H2 — or by calling (631) 444-2683.
The test is targeted to those 60 years or older who have at least one of several risk factors, including a history of smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease, or who have a family member who has suffered from an aortic aneurysm. “We are very pleased with the interest in our first vascular screening event,” Ms. Maguire said.
“Since the opening of the Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart and Stroke Center last year, endovascular surgeons are able to perform preventative procedures for those patients who have a high risk for aneurysm or stroke, right here at Southampton Hospital. The screening events allow patients to find out whether they might be at risk for vascular disease.”