Rex rolls out new heart and vascular mobile screenings

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Rex UNC Healthcare has a new mobile screening unit to help raise awareness of cardiovascular disease.

As part of this, you can get screened for a variety of health ailments all within the walls of what's essentially a large RV. It's something that instantly appealed to Dennis Penny, who at 51 recently committed to living a healthier lifestyle.

"Everybody tells you when you hit around 50 that's when you start seeing your health problems," said Penny. "I'm hoping to be in as good a shape as I can be so I don't have any problems later on."

When he stumbled upon the new Heart and Vascular Mobile at one of its first stops, he took advantage of the various tests on board.

"Believe me it felt good when they told me everything looked good," he said. "You know when the doctor tells you you're in good shape that's a good thing."

Like Penny, those who board this bus can take advantage of up to 7 quick, painless health screenings.

"To rule out people that may have metabolic derangement such as diabetes or cholesterol abnormalities, and also do general screenings for things such as abdominal aneurysms, stroke, and also heart attack," explains Rex Cardiologist Ben Walker.

Dr. Walker says this is useful knowledge for anyone, but it's especially important if you fall into one of these categories: A family history of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, and maybe early diabetes.

In most cases there will be a fee for these services, but even if you have all the different diagnostics performed you'll still be looking at spending less than $200.

"A lot of these lab tests in and of themselves are at least $100 each so that's one great savings from that standpoint," Walker points out.

And most importantly these tests can prove to be life-saving by catching a serious health condition before it's too late.

Most of the tests can all be done in a matter of minutes. To find out where this mobile unit will be stopping next you can follow it online. Click here for more information.

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