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HealthAware Introduces Its VascularAware Cardiovascular Disease Module

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 General News J E 4
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DENVER, Feb. 20 HealthAware, a leading supplier ofinnovative services to healthcare providers, announced today the launch ofVascularAware, the newest disease module in its Cardiovascular Program.VascularAware is designed to help people who may be at risk for PeripheralArtery Disease (PAD), which affects nearly 10 million adult Americans,according to the American Heart Association.

Development of the VascularAware disease module extends the Company'smission of promoting early detection and prevention of disease.

"PAD affects eight to 12 million people in the U.S., and represents asignificant growth market for hospitals," says Greg Gossett, HealthAwarePresident. "According to the Society of Interventional Radiology, PAD impacts12 to 20 percent of those over age 65, and nearly 20 percent of all men andwomen age 70 and older."

Mr. Gossett goes on to say, "Through VascularAware, we will be able tobetter help hospitals attain their goals, while also helping them to increasetheir visibility and goodwill within their communities."

PAD is a form of atherosclerosis. The most common type of PAD is thehardening and narrowing of arteries that are caused by the gradual buildup offatty deposits and additional substances. The result is restricted blood flow,mainly in the arteries that lead to the legs and extremities.

Many people with PAD have no symptoms, which is one reason why it isimportant to screen for this disease through VascularAware. About one third ofthose with PAD have symptoms in the form of leg pain, cramping, fatigue orother discomfort in the calves or hips when they are walking or engaged inother activity.

However, these symptoms typically will subside when they rest. Because ofthis, PAD can often go undiagnosed during its early stages because peoplemistake their symptoms for a form of arthritis or as simply a sign of aging.

By the time people with PAD begin to suffer from symptoms such as legdiscomfort and pain, they may already have severely blocked arteries in theirlegs and damaged blood vessels in other parts of their body. This can put themat a higher risk for heart attacks and strokes.

For more information about VascularAware and HealthAware's mission ofpromoting early detection and prevention of disease, please contact CynthiaZeigler, Director, Marketing & PR, at (303) 758-8400, ext. 203.

About HealthAware

HealthAware, a division of Byrne HealthCare, is a respected market leaderoffering innovative services to healthcare providers that drive more at-riskpatients through their door. HealthAware is dedicated to halting the progressof major diseases in the U.S. Our mission is to provide services and systemsthat save patients, while enabling select healthcare organizations to thriveand grow their market share. The end result being longer, healthier lives forconsumers and healthcare organizations that are more vital and productive.When patients utilize VascularAware, the program considers the followingrisk factors: -- High blood pressure -- Smoking -- Diabetes -- High cholesterol -- Family history of -- Over weight CV disease -- Over age 50 -- Inactivity/sedentary -- Leg pain lifestyle -- TIA symptoms

SOURCE HealthAware
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