169 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905
The Center for Cardio-Vascular Health is a multi-disciplinary
team of providers who have come together in an effort to provide
early detection and prevention of cardio-vascular disease to the
patients of Lourdes Primary Care Providers.
Cardio-vascular disease (CVD) is a group
of medical problems that effect the heart and surrounding blood
vessels. CVD can take many forms such as: high blood pressure,
coronary artery disease, carotid artery disease, stroke, or
abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Carotid artery disease is a narrowing of the carotid arteries, the
major vessels in the body that supply blood to the brain, usually
caused by plaque which is formed from cholesterol, fat, and other
substances that build up on the surfaces of the artery.
Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are a weakening of the artery
wall. The artery may enlarge or balloon to the point where rupture
is possible. Factors which can cause AAA are: high blood pressure,
smoking, and family history of aneurysms.
Risk Factors for Developing Cardio-Vascular Disease are:
- Age - people 50 years of age or older are at
an increased risk of developing cardio-vascular diseases.
- Diabetes - people with diabetes are at an
increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and peripheral vascular
- High Cholesterol - people with a total
cholesterol level of greater than 200 are at an increased risk of
having a heart attack or a stroke.
- Smokers - people who have or are currently
smoking are at an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and
- Overweight - people who are overweight are at
an increased risk of developing diabetes, having a heart attack,
high blood pressure, or stroke.
- Lack of Exercise - people who exercise less
than three times a week are at an increased risk of becoming
overweight, developing diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack,
- Family History - having a family member who
has suffered from stroke, heart attack, or aneurysm can put you at
an increased risk for CVD.
If you feel that you may be at risk for developing
Cardio-Vascular Disease and are a patient of the Lourdes Primary
Care Network call the Lourdes Center for Cardio-Vascular Health at
607-798-5252 to see if our Cardio-Vascular Screening is right for
The Cardio-Vascular Screening consists of:
- A brief carotid ultrasound to identify disease.
- A brief abdominal aortic ultrasound to identify aneurysms.
- Blood pressure readings to evaluate for high blood
- Immediate review with our mid-level provider (Physician
Assistant) with results forwarded to your Primary Care Provider
after review by one of our specialists.
Screenings are available Monday - Friday, take 20 minutes, and
cost only $20.00
If you don't have a primary care
provider, please call 1-877-9LOURDES for help in finding a Lourdes
Primary Care Provider.