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CNI "Tests 4 Life" SCREENING PROGRAMS

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"TESTS 4 LIFE" SCREENING PROGRAM

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The Chicago Neuroscience Institute (CNI) developed the Tests4Life screening program to serve patients and the community. Too often health care is received after a disease process has progressed and become obvious and symptomatic. In many cases the tissue compromise at this stage is irreversible. Priority needs to be placed on prevention, early detection and timely intervention. This approach leads to decisions which help improve the quality and length of life. CNI is committed to offering highly effective screenings and delivering accurate results and recommendations which give you a healthcare advantage. Targeted health and disease screenings offer the following potential benefits. 


  • Early detection of disease
  • Awareness of early treatment  options 
  • Healthcare cost savings
  • Improved control over your healthcare
  • Peace of mind

"Tests 4 Life" Screening Brochure
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Why Should I Consider Screenings?

You should consider having a screening test if you have any of the following disorders or risk factors; diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol, dyslipidemia, edema, shortness of breath, heart irregularly, vision difficulty, overweight status and/or a family history of cardiovascular disease. Too often health care is received after a disease process has progressed, caused permanent tissue damage and has become symptomatic. Priority needs to be placed on prevention, early detection and timely intervention.  CNI is committed to offering screenings which lead to decisions which improve the quality and length of life. 

  

Statistics Which Support CNI Health Screenings


  • According to the American Stroke Association (ASA), stroke is the number 2 most common cause of death in the United States and it is preventable, treatable and beatable?
  • Approximately 8.5 million people in the United States have peripheral artery disease (PAD), including 12-20% of individuals older than age 60. 
  • Individuals with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and microvascular disease (MVD) are at risk for developing coronary artery disease and cerebrovascular disease, which could lead to a heart attack or stroke.
  • Individuals with microvascular disease (MVD) are at risk for not responding as well as expected large artery intervention such as stents and bypass. 
  • Four  out of five people who have a stroke, the first symptom is the stroke. 

Stroke Risk Information
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Available Screening Options

The Tests4Life screening program at CNI offers numerous options for detecting cardiovascular risk as well as, the presence heart disease and peripheral vascular (blood vessel) disease. Available screening tests include the:


  • Abdomina Aorta Aneurysm Screening
  • Atrial Fibrillation Screening
  • Body Composition Screening
  • Carotid Artery Screening 
  • Heart Murmur Screening
  • Peripheral  Artery Disease Screening
  • Retinal  Imaging Screening

  

To help achieve this goal Institute offers a variety of safe, cost-efficient and accurate diagnostic tests to help detect the presence of heart (cardiac) and peripheral artery (vascular) disease which increase the risk for stroke. At this time diagnostic and screening tests are only available for patients of the Institute. 

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What to Expect During a Screening

The CNI Tests4Life screening services are delivered using safe, non-invasive methods. At your appointment time, a Tests4Life screening tech will call you to the private screening area to conduct your tests. Each test takes just a few minutes and allows you to stay clothed and comfortable. Once you have completed the screening procedure you will receive your results.

Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm Screening:

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About the Screening:

The aorta is the main artery that originates in the heart and travels through the chest and abdomen. As the artery lining weakens from age, disease or other factors, the vessel wall can thin and expand; thus, increasing the risk for leaking or rupture. An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), is a condition in which the aorta, the largest artery in the body, stretches and balloons in the abdomen. An AAA leak or rupture represents a medical emergency. Ultrasound is used to assess abdominal aortic integrity.  

Brochure on Screenings

Who is this screening for?

 Any persons age 40+ Should consider this screening     approximately every 1-3 years.

Risk Factors for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

 

  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Emphysema
  • Genetic factors
  • Gender (males have a higher      risk)
  • Personal history of aneurysm
  • Lower extremity peripheral artery disease

About Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

The abdominal aorta is the main artery that originates in the heart. As the lining weakens from age and other risk factors, the vessel wall can thin and expand. The most common location for an AAA is between the level of the kidneys and where it divides to supply blood to the pelvis and legs. 

Warning Signs of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Many people with abdominal aortic aneurysm do not experience symptoms until leaking or a rupture occurs. The most common warning signs are:


  • Intense back or abdominal      pain
  • Rapid pulse
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shock

Atrial Fibrillation Screening

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About the Screening

 Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) refers to a fast, irregular heartbeat that causes the heart’s upper chambers (the atria) to beat irregularly and fast, preventing blood from being pumped completely out of the atria. Afib significantly increases the risk of stroke. Afib screening is performed by attaching superficial EKG electrodes on the skin at a few select locations to detect an irregular heartbeat. Afib increases stroke risk. 

Who is this screening for?

Atrial fibrillation screenings are recommended for anyone with risk factors for stroke or carotid artery disease.Persons ages 50+Should consider this screening approximately every year. 

Risk Factors for Afib:

  • Diabetes
  • High Blood pressure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Smoking
  • Overactive thyroid
  • Heavy alcohol or caffeine      consumption
  • Obesity
  • Sleep apnea
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Edema
  • History of irregular heart      beats 
  • Prior heart attack
  • Lung disease

About Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that causes the heart’s upper chambers (the atria) to beat irregularly and fast, preventing blood from being pumped completely out of the atria. Blood clots may result, and could cause a stroke. 

Warning Signs of Afib

Not everyone with Atrial Fibrillation will experience symptoms, but these warning signs may need medical follow-up. 

  • Heart palpitations
  • Lack of energy
  • Lightheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Chest discomfort
  • Shortness of breath, even at      rest

Carotid and vertebral Artery Ultrasound

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About the Screening

The carotid arteries supply blood to the brain. Ultrasound imaging is used to detect plaque (atherosclerosis) in the arteries which could compromise blood flow resulting stroke. Carotid artery disease typically develops slowly and without symptoms.

Who is this screening for?

The carotid artery disease screening is for those at risk for atherosclerosis and for those who have a family history of stroke or heart disease.  Persons 40+ should consider this screening yearly.  

Risk Factor for Carotid Artery Disease

  •  Age 40+
  • Family history of carotid artery disease or coronary artery disease
  • Smoking (past or present)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High Cholesterol
  • Abnormal blood lipid patterns
  • Obesity

About Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid Artery Disease is plaque in the carotid arteries, the large arteries in your neck that take blood to your brain. Carotid Artery Disease is a major risk factor for stroke, developing slowly and often without symptoms.

Warning Signs of Carotid Artery Disease

In its early stages, carotid artery disease often doesn't produce any symptoms. The condition may go unnoticed until it is serious enough to deprive your brain of blood, causing a stroke. Warning signs of a stroke are: 

  

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in face or limbs
  • Severe headache
  • Sudden trouble seeing
  • Sudden difficulty talking
  • Dizziness

Peripheral Artery Disease Screening

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About the Screening:

 Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a condition in which the large and medium-sized arteries become narrow or clogged by a buildup of fatty plaque, a process referred to as atherosclerosis which constricts the flow of blood. It can comprise the blood flow to any tissue including bone, muscle, skin and organs. PAD can occur in any blood vessel, but it is more common in the legs than the arms. PAD can occur in any blood vessel, but it is more common in the legs than the arms. Up to 40% of individuals with PAD have no leg pain. A special form of ultrasound is used to assess blood flow and blood pressure in the arms and legs. The relationship between the blood pressure values helps determine whether there is an arterial blockage. The test is referred to as an ankle brachial index (ABI). 

Who is this screening for?

An person should get this test annually that has risk factors or is above the age of 50..

Risk Factors

  • Family history of      cardiovascular disease or stroke
  • Age 55+
  • Tobacco use (past or present)
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure

About Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease affects 8%-12% of people in the U.S., especially those age 50+. The majority of individuals will experience no symptoms, subsequently, the screening of people with risk factors is critical Severe PAD can lead to limb amputation. A simple ankle-brachial index (ABI) vascular test performed on your legs and arms can help determine your risk for this disease. 

Warning Signs of Peripheral Artery Disease

The majority of people with PAD will not experience symptoms until tissue damage occurs. The warning signs and symptoms of PAD are listed below.

  • Exertional leg pain relieved by resting
  • Smooth shiny skin
  • Skin that is cool to the touch
  • Distal extremity skin which is devoid of normal color
  • Poor wound healing
  • Constant leg pain, tingling, burning, or loss of all sensation

Retinal Imaging Screening

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About your Screening:

Digital retinal screening refers to the use of a special microscope and camera to image and photograph the back of the eye, an area referred to as the retina. The images reflect the health of numerous tissues including the optic nerve, macula, retina and small blood vessels. 

Retnal Screeing Brochure

Who is this screening for?

Individuals with hypertension or diabetes ages 30 or above should be seen annually or semi-annually or quarterly for anyone with high risk. 

Risk Factors

 

  • Family history of cardiovascular disease or stroke
  • Age 30+
  • Tobacco usage, past or present
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Clotting disorder
  • Vision impairment
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Liver disease

About Retinal Imaging and Retinal Disease

 

Digital retinal screening refers to the use of a special microscope and camera to image and photograph the back of the eye, an area referred to as the retina. The images reflect the health of numerous tissues including the optic nerve, macula, retina and small blood vessels. Retinal imaging is used to diagnose systemic and eye conditions. The integrity of small blood vessels in the back of the eye often represents small vessel changes in other regions of the body including the brain. Retinal images also reveal abnormalities which may threaten normal vision.

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Warning Signs

The majoring of people with microvascular disease (MVD) affecting the health of their eye, more specifically the retina will not experience symptoms, but these are the warning signs:

  • Microvaricies
  • Easy bruising
  • Poor wound healing
  • High blood pressure
  • Periodic lightheadedness and      dizziness 
  • Progressive cognitive      impairment
  • Difficulty with balance 
  • Distal extremity numbness, tingling, burning, or loss of sensation
  • Intermittent or persistent  discoloration of fingers tips or toes
  • Vision difficulty or impairment

Body Composition Screening

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About your Screening

I Body composition analysis is used to measure variables which influence body weight and health such body mass index, percent body fat, water distribution, fat mass, muscle mass, and body fat percentage. 

Body Composition Brochure

Who is this screening for?

Anyone with risk factors ages 20 or older should have test done semi-annually or quarterly for hose at high risk. 

Risk Factors:

  • Poor diet
  • Overweight
  • Under weight 
  • Family history of      cardiovascular disease or stroke
  • Tobacco usage, past or      present
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Peripheral edema
  • Sleep disorder
  • Inactivity

About Body Composition Analysis

Body composition is a method used to identify what the body is made of. It also describes weight more accurately than body mass index (BMI). Body composition analysis is used to measure variables such body mass index, percent body fat, water distribution, fat mass, muscle mass, and body fat percentage. This form of analysis can help validate decisions related to lifestyle changes, dieting, exercise, personal training, healthcare and wellness commitments.

Warning Signs of Abnormal Body Composition

  

  • Exertional shortness of      breath 
  • Overweight status
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Rapid weight changes
  • Poor fitting clothes
  • Edema

Heart Valve (Murmur) Screening

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About your Screening:

A specialized electronic (digital) stethoscope is used to listen to and record heart valve sounds. This provides an effective method for detecting the presence of heart valve dysfunction or disease. 

Who is this screening for?

Anyone with risk factors ages 20 and older should have this screening annually (Quarterly or semi-annually for those at high risk.  

Risk Factors:

  •   Poor diet
  • Overweight
  • Family history of      cardiovascular disease or stroke
  • Tobacco usage, past or      present
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • History of rheumatic fever 
  • Peripheral edema
  • Inactivity
  • Periodontal disease 

About Heart Valve (Murmur) Screening

There are two primary types of evaluation used to evaluate the integrity and function of heart valves. The most common procedure is listening to the heart valve sounds from the chest using a traditional acoustic stethoscope. The second most common method of evaluating heart valve integrity is the use of special technology referred to as ultrasound. The specific test is referred to as an echocardiogram. The procedure is performed by capturing sonar data by placing a probe at specific areas of the chest. The ultrasound or sonar is used to help visualize and measure heart valve functions. Either test can be used as a screening. Another specialized form of technology which provides an effective method of screening is to use of an electronic “digital” stethoscope with sound recording and plotting when necessary. The character, loudness and quality of heart valve sounds reflect their function. The presence of extra sound such as clicks or murmurs also represent specific types of valve dysfunction. Abnormal heart valves can be evaluated and localized fairly well utilizing a traditional or digital stethoscope.

Warning Signs of Abnormal Heart Valve

There are four valves in the heart, two on the right and two on the left. A compromise heart valve may lead to reverse flow (regurgitation) or restricted flow. These conditions can lead to a variety of signs and symptoms dependent upon which valve is involved. Common warning signs of heart valve abnormalities include:

  • Exertional shortness of      breath 
  • Exertional chest pain 
  • Heart irregularity (arrhythmia)
  • Chronic cough
  • Enlarged heart
  • Malaise/fatigue
  • Rapid weight changes
  • Edema

Phonoangiography (Carotid Arteries)

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About your Screening:

A specialized electronic (digital) stethoscope is used to listen to the carotid artery on each side of the neck. The carotid arteries provide blood supply to the brain. This provides an effective method for detecting the presence of atherosclerosis (blockages) within the arteries. Moderate to severe narrowing of an artery alters the pattern of blood flow sometime resulting in a bruit. This can be detected with the use of stethoscope. The use of a computerized stethoscope capable of amplifying blood flow sounds may detect earlier stages of carotid artery disease (occlusion). 

Who is this screening for?

Anyone with risk factors ages 40 and above.  Recommended to havae test annually (Quarterly or semi-annually for those at high risk).

Risk Factors for Carotid Artery Disease

  •  Age 40+
  • Family history of carotid      artery disease or coronary artery disease
  • Smoking (past or present)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High Cholesterol
  • Abnormal blood lipid patterns
  • Obesity

About Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid Artery Disease is plaque in the carotid arteries, the large arteries in your neck that take blood to your brain. Carotid Artery Disease is a major risk factor for stroke, developing slowly and often without symptoms. If an abnormal sound (bruit) is detected over a carotid artery further assessment often requires ultrasound imaging. 

Warning Signs of Carotid Artery Disease

In its early stages, carotid artery disease often doesn't produce any symptoms. The condition may go unnoticed until it is serious enough to deprive your brain of blood, causing a stroke. Warning signs of a stroke are: 

  • Sudden numbness or weakness      in face or limbs
  • Sudden difficulty talking
  • Dizziness
  • Severe headache
  • Sudden trouble seeingnow.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

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The Chicago Neuroscience Institute (CNI) is committed to the early detection of stroke risk and the prevention of stroke. To help achieve this goal Institute offers a variety of safe, cost-efficient and accurate diagnostic tests to help detect the presence of heart (cardiac) and peripheral artery (vascular) disease which increase the risk for stroke. At this time diagnostic and screening tests are only available for patients of the Institute. 

  • Do not let undiagnosed heart disease or peripheral vascular disease compromise the health of loved ones or the life you love. Schedule a safe, affordable and accurate health screening today.it.

  • To Schedule an appointment today Call 847-888-1811.

Chicago Neuroscience Institute     

1795 Grandstand Place 

Elgin, Illinois, 60123 


Phone: 847-888-1811