News Release

April 3, 2008

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

May 3: Free Cardiovascular Screenings in Torrington

Offered by experts with the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, thanks to the Neag Outreach Educational Fund

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Experts from the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center will offer free cardiovascular screenings, including cholesterol and blood pressure readings, nutritional counseling and tests to help determine a person’s risk for stroke and peripheral vascular disease. The screenings will be held on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sullivan Senior Center on 88 East Albert Street in Torrington.

The event is being made possible by a grant from the Neag Outreach Educational Fund, which was established by Torrington natives Carole and Ray Neag, who have a strong history of support to the University of Connecticut and the community.

Of all the services that will be offered on May 3, the only test that requires a scheduled appointment is the Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) test that screens patients for peripheral vascular disease – a common but largely “silent” condition that increases a person’s risk of stroke and heart attack.

The ABI test allows UConn cardiologists to compare blood pressure readings in the arm and the ankle, using a regular blood pressure cuff on the arm and a special ultrasonic device to evaluate blood flow in the leg. Participants will be asked to remove socks or stockings. The test takes about 30 minutes and appointments can be made by calling 800-535-6232.

“We are delighted to offer blood pressure and cholesterol readings, as well as other tests, to provide men and women with important information about their risk of cardiovascular disease,” said Bruce Liang, M.D., director of the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center. “And we are especially grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Neag for supporting this event.”

For more information, call the UConn Health Center at 800-535-6232.

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