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Dare to Care Vascular Screening Program

daretocare logoWhat is Dare to C.A.R.E.?

Dare to C.A.R.E. is a highly-successful, national vascular screening and disease management program, which AtlantiCare is bringing to our area in partnership with the Heart Health Foundation. The goal of Dare to C.A.R.E. is to identify those patients at-risk for vascular disease as early as possible – providing earlier intervention, more options, better outcomes, and greater quality of life. 

Why are we bringing Dare to C.A.R.E. to the communities we serve?

In the areas served by AtlantiCare, we have a significant population with risk factors for vascular disease, including:

  • Age
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Family History

What are the effects of vascular disease? Cardiovascular disease is responsible for one out of every three deaths in the U.S. Each year, nearly 800,000 people have a stroke; of those, more than 600,000 are first time strokes Because conditions associated with vascular disease don’t usually have symptoms, many people may be impacted by disease right now and not even know it Early diagnosis, treatment and management of vascular disease are key to preventing heart attacks, strokes, limb amputations and even death in affected patients. View our full breadth of Vascular Services.

What does the Dare to C.A.R.E. screening include?

Patients are screened for:

  • Carotid artery disease – responsible for more than half of the strokes that occur each year in the U.S.
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) – the 3rd leading cause of death in men over age 60
  • Extremity artery disease (PAD) – affects 1 in 20 people over the age of 50 and can lead to limb loss (amputation)

Who is considered to be at-risk for vascular disease and eligible for a Dare to C.A.R.E. screening?

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Is there a cost for people to be screened?

All screenings are FREE to anyone who is determined to be at risk of vascular disease.

What is the process for getting a Dare to C.A.R.E. screening?

Call the dedicated Dare to C.A.R.E. phone line at AtlantiCare: 609-484-7355. A scheduler will find a date and time which is convenient for you. You will receive a reminder phone call about 24-48 hours in advance of your scheduled screening. Arrive for your screening at AtlantiCare about 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time to fill out a brief questionnaire, you’ll get checked in and have your screening done. A technologist will conduct your screening, a vascular physician specialist will read your results. Your results will be sent to you and your doctor within about two weeks. 

How can I schedule a screening for myself or a family member?

Call AtlantiCare’s dedicated Dare to C.A.R.E. phone line: 609-484-7355.

How long does a screening take?

The screening itself takes only about 15-20 minutes.

What happens to the results?

Once your screening is completed, your results are entered into the software and reviewed by a physician, a letter will be sent to you and your primary C.A.R.E. physician, explaining the results.Depending on the findings and individual risk factors, recommendations will be made as to any necessary course of action or treatment options.

Is there anything else I should know about Dare to C.A.R.E. at AtlantiCare?

If you or someone in your family fall into one of the at-risk categories – make the call, schedule a screening!

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