UT Physicians Offers Free Vascular Screening Program
UT Physicians is bringing Dare to C.A.R.E., a national vascular screening and disease management program, to the Greater Houston area. The screening program is being introduced at UT Physicians Bayshore Multispecialty Clinic, 11476 Space Center Blvd., Suite 100, Houston, 77059.
This screening center marks a new chapter for UT Physicians and community, as we join an active national network of Dare to C.A.R.E. centers across the country.
C.A.R.E. stands for:
- Carotid Artery Disease: a primary cause of preventable strokes.
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: ruptured aneurysms cause death in up to 90% of cases.
- Renal Artery Stenosis: when untreated, frequently leads to the need for hemodialysis.
- Extremity Artery Disease: affecting up to 12 million Americans, especially those over 50.
“Dare to C.A.R.E. will be the largest quality improvement initiative through UT Physicians CV Surgery,” said Stuart Harlin, M.D., FACS, associate professor of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery and medical director of the program. “This program will be an avenue to detect vascular disease at an early state so that interventions will become less necessary; Dare to C.A.R.E. will force a valuable opportunity to enhance the lives of patients and ensure they’re on proper medication for CV disease at all stages.”
Dare to C.A.R.E. is now taking appointments for free vascular screenings for people over age 60, or people over age 50 with certain risk factors such as obesity, smoking and a family history of stroke. People over age 40 with diabetes should also be screened.
Patients do not need a referral, but must meet the above criteria. Our Dare to C.A.R.E. clinic will provide results of patients’ screenings to their primary care physicians.
The program is designed to improve the health of people in our community, and that includes you! If you, your friends or family meet the above criteria, we encourage you to participate and get screened.
To make an appointment for a free vascular screening, or for more information, please call 713-486-DARE (3273). Screenings will be available Wednesday afternoons and Fridays.