Doctors go mobile to prevent heart attacks, strokes at local businesses

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(WBAY) — September marks an important awareness time for something many of us ignore or just don’t think about: vascular disease.

That includes things like strokes, aneurysms and heart attacks.

Last month we showed you how doctors are seeing more and more young people, even in their thirties, experiencing strokes.

Now local doctors are teaming up with businesses in Northeast Wisconsin to screen employees for vascular disease without making them even leave their offices.

Think of the big RV as a travelling doctor’s office.

Inside, a medical team hooks up Janet Process to blood pressure cuffs, checks her vitals, and uses an ultrasound to check for potential blockages that could cause a heart attack, stroke or aneurysm.

“We have heart disease in our family, so that was a big incentive for me just to kind of stay on top of my health issues as well,” says Process.

As part of a pilot program, this stop at Nsight is the first time Prevea Health is taking its vascular screenings on the road.

“We’re really just trying to prevent people from having the end stage of this, significant issues such as open heart surgery, heart attack, stroke, that’s debilitating, so we just want to prevent the very down-the-line things,” says Dr. John Hutto, vascular physician with Prevea Health.

Growing health care costs play into the decision, but more so, it’s stressing convenience of a test most people seem to put off.

“I have no doubt that the daily routines and the time commitments to family and friends and other things, people have a hard time taking time out of their schedule to do this,” says Dr. Hutto.

“It was quick, easy, right here. I can go back to work right away, and I got my test results, and I really appreciated seeing a doctor,” says Process.

A doctor reviews the results with patients immediately after the brief screening. They’re given all the results and information to share or follow up with their regular doctor.

Process appreciates the peace of mind this offers.

“I was very relieved. They talked about the aorta being clear. The carotid artery, they said, just a little bit. That kind of concerned me and shocked me. I wasn’t ready for that one, but overall, yes, it was a relief,” she says.

Employees do have to pay for the screenings, but they say it’s a fraction of the cost they would pay in a regular doctor’s visit.

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