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Weiss Memorial Hospital Brings First–of-its–Kind Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program to Chicago

May 25, 2010

Life-saving Dare to C.A.R.E. program starts May 25

Contact: Catherine Gianaro 
(773) 564-7285

CHICAGO (May 25, 2010)—With cardiovascular disease causing more deaths in America than any other condition—one million people die every year from strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular conditions—Weiss Memorial Hospital is providing a groundbreaking program to Chicago residents in hopes of saving more lives. The early detection and prevention Dare to C.A.R.E. (DTC) screening program kicks off at Weiss Tuesday, May 25, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, May 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. The free, two-step process, which involves educational and testing components, will continue at the hospital every other month.

“Early detection is critical in the fight against cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Daniel Katz, chief of vascular surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital. “Many patients I see already have severe blockages in their arteries. Our goal is to identify these patients with the blockages and intervene before complications occur."

Each year, more than half of all deaths in this country are due to complications of hardened arteries called atherosclerosis, the root cause of cardiovascular disease. Due to a lack of access to essential screening programs, the majority of patients with heart disease are unaware of their condition until severe or fatal complications occur.

 “With the high number of older residents in our neighborhood, the Dare to C.A.R.E. program provides needed screening services,” said Caren Perlmuter, vice president of outreach development and geriatric services at Weiss. “As a community hospital, Weiss is meeting the needs of its patients by giving them the proper tools and resources to be healthy for life.”

The C.A.R.E. in the Dare to C.A.R.E. program stands for 

  • Carotid artery disease
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Renal artery stenosis
  • Extremity artery disease

—all life-threatening forms of cardiovascular disease. In fact, carotid artery disease is the primary source of preventable strokes.

People over the age of 60 and those over the age of 50 with a family history of the disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol should consider such a cardiovascular screening.

Founded in 2000, DTC is a nonprofit organization located in Annapolis, Maryland. The cardiovascular screening program consists of informative presentations on the various types of cardiovascular disease, its causes and risks and the latest treatment options; educational materials; a blood pressure check and a noninvasive ultrasound exam of the carotid arteries, abdominal aorta and an evaluation of leg circulation; and meetings with cardiovascular specialists.

“We encourage patients concerned with their cardiovascular health to access this program,” Dr. Katz said. “It’s a powerful tool in our fight against cardiovascular disease.”

For more information on the DTC screening program, visit the Weiss calendar. To register for upcoming screenings, call (800) 503-1234.