New Aneurysm & Stroke Screening Program

stroke-screeningAn estimated 1 in 50 Americans have an un-ruptured brain aneurysm, or a weak area in the wall of an artery that feeds blood to the brain. One rupture occurs every 18 minutes with 40 percent resulting in a fatality; 66 percent of survivors have a permanent neurological deficit and 15 percent die before they reach the hospital.

In answer to this growing issue, Memorial Medical Center, in partnership with SIU School of Medicine Neurology and Clinical Radiologists, developed the Aneurysm & Stroke Screening Program to help identify and prevent ruptures.

“Memorial Medical Center is the first in the country to offer this type of service,” said Augusto Elias, MD, a neurointerventional radiologist with Clinical Radiologists. “It’s a great resource for patients at high risk.”

Dr. Elias said the following factors increase the risk of aneurysm:
• Smoking
• High blood pressure or cholesterol
• Diabetes
• Coronary or heart disease
• Recurring headaches
• Family history of aneurysms or stroke

The screening process is simple. Just call 217-588-2726 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for a free, over-the-phone assessment with an MMC Medical Imaging team member. The information is then reviewed by a neurologist. You will hear back within a week with results and recommendations. This information is then sent to your primary care physician.

“There is no reason not to call if you are at risk of an aneurysm,” Dr. Elias said. “In fact, it could save your life.”