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Health Fair to Offer Thyroid and Carotid Artery Screenings

The Health and Wellness Fair on Tuesday, April 2, will offer thyroid screenings and carotid artery screenings via ultrasound to look for potential issues regarding thyroid disease and stroke. The ultrasound is painless and should take about 15 minutes. 

Cost of the stroke screening is $30. Wilkes University’s Health and Wellness Services will cover $10 of the cost. Your payment of $20, due at the time of the screening, can be made by cash, check, credit card or medical spending card.

If you would like to register, please email juli.killian@wilkes.edu.     

A blocked carotid artery causes 80 percent of the 500,000 strokes that occur each year. Carotid artery disease is the build up of plaque in the carotid arteries that gradually decrease the blood flow to the brain. If not treated, this decrease in blood flow can eventually cause a stroke. How can you know if you have carotid artery disease?

  • You may experience symptoms, such as dizziness, blurred vision in one or both eyes, numbness, on one side of the body or mini-strokes.
  • Your physician may detect a blockage by stethoscope.
  • If you have symptoms, you physician may send you for a duplex ultrasound or an MRI. Both of these tests are very expensive.
  • Unfortunately, sometimes the first warning that you have carotid artery disease is your having a stroke!

What is stroke prevention screening?  A screening of the carotid arteries is conducted by ultrasound. There are no dyes or needles used in this procedure. This screening can detect the buildup of plaque in the carotid artery, even when no other warnings are present. In fact, an ultrasound can identify plaque formation long before it is dangerous. With this information, you can make corrective changes in your lifestyle or seek your doctor’s help to control carotid artery disease and, as a result, significantly decrease your chance of having a stroke. 

What is CIMT Measurement?  The carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) or wall thickness of the carotid artery has been found to have a significant correlation to the potential of a person having a heart attack or stroke.  The thicker the walls, the greater the potential.  This is not a warning of an impending stroke or heart attack, but a warning that a heart attack is in your future.  Changes can be made now to decrease that potential, but you need to know that the potential is there.

For more information, please visit the Stroke Screen website.

What is thyroid screening?  Using ultrasound, the thyroid is imaged, looking for structural problems. This screening cannot determine how well the thyroid is working; however, we will look at the size and texture of the thyroid which can point to a potential problem. The only way to truly assess the function of the thyroid is by a blood test.  We will also be looking for the presence of any nodules or cysts that may be a potential problem. 

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