Carotid Artery Screenings Help People Avoid Strokes


Dave Brown, BA MS RVT is President and CEO of Baseline Medical with offices in Allentown, PA and Quakertown, PA. As a vascular physiologist credentialed in vascular technology Dave utilizes portable state-of-the-art imaging platforms to produce sophisticated ultrasound images on the carotid arteries.

The internal (ICA) and external (ECA) carotid arteries on each side of the neck deliver vital flow to the brain and face respectively. When ICA flow is compromised it accounts for over 80% of all strokes in the US population. We image this area in the neck very accurately all the time.

Carotid artery screenings to prevent heart disease and stroke is a painless non-invasive vascular ultrasound that takes less than 10 minutes. It is an exceptionally easy encounter that does not require any fasting or disrobing. People simply sit down and view the screen along with the examiner and easily see how clinically expedient data is obtained.

Who wants to wait until they have a stroke – which for many is a point of ‘no return’ – to be seen by a physician? Nearly 100,000 strokes occur ‘out of the blue’ when people have no symptoms at all. One moment you’re fine the next you are in for the fight of your life – at the hospital where you get ‘care’. Tragically, physicians order a carotid ultrasound only when one has a symptom or ‘reason of medical necessity’. Requiring people to wait until they have symptoms is what is risky – not the screening.

Stroke is completely rude and does not care who you are – that is why Baseline Medical is available to provide data to your physician. Screenings only prompt another non-invasive and safe ultrasound study to correlate findings. Good physicians also understand the focus and integrity of screenings for cancer. Yet many know that these screenings only reveal that disease is present and do not actually prevent it. However – the converse is true when applied to stroke screenings. To say it another way:

Baseline Medical was formed from a need to identify individuals at risk before the ambulance does.

With over 30 years experience Dave finds great satisfaction to bring this advance warning capability into the workplace to educate employees and help promote individual health and corporate wellness.

The leading reason Americans miss work and enter nursing homes is due to the onset of stroke. Having health fairs at work help employers protect the investment they have made in the talents and skills of their employees. Quickly referring employees to their physician with findings obtained in an organized event in the workplace is one of the most meaningful moments for the employee and the examiner.

Encounters like these screenings for heart disease and stroke risk need to happen more in our society.


Heart Disease! It’s Not Just a Man’s Disease


Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it’s 80% preventable.

Help us raise awareness to end this killer of women.

Make a change on National Wear Red Day and all year long!

  1. Wear Red to show your support for saving women’s lives
  2. Show us how you Go Red on your social media profiles using #GoRed
  3. Donate to help raise funds for awareness and research

Source: Go Red For Women

Baseline Medical supports this awareness for preventable heart disease.

  1. You can wear red
  2. You can show your social media profile
  3. You can raise funds

Why wait for heart disease before you can do anything about it?

When you get screened you get information in 10 minutes that your physician can use.

When you have information your physician can use you have a compelling advantage over ignorance.

Much like breast screenings – you have information that empowers you to stay healthy and alive.

Easy – Screenings for heart disease allow you to stay fully clothed.

No pain – No injections – No radiation – No kidding

You get results immediately to take to your physician.

Contact Baseline Medical today to schedule your screening.


Nutritional Changes Can Help Reduce Risk Of Heart Disease


The foods you eat can help by lowering your risk for stroke and improve your overall health. Research shows a brain-healthy diet is rich in:

  • Fruits *
  • Vegetables *
  • Fish * (Salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, herring or trout, which are rich in omega 3 fatty acids)
  • Whole-grain, high-fiber foods
  • Dairy: Fat-free and low-fat (1%) products
  • Beans
  • Lean meats like skinless poultry
    * Research shows these “brain foods” can reduce your risk of stroke.

Get a variety of these foods so your whole body gets the important dietary building blocks it needs, including the nutrients your brain needs to stay healthy. Try to avoid saturated and trans fats, sodium and added sugars.

Why it matters

A healthy diet reduces your risk for stroke by lowering the cholesterol that can lead to plaque build-up in your arteries. Nutritious foods can also lower the plaque’s ability to form clots that can break off and cause blockages. And a healthy diet can also reduce your blood pressure, which can reduce strain on your blood vessels and the resulting inflammation.

Avoiding negatives isn’t the only pay-off. Healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and fish containing omega 3 fatty acids can also provide benefits that we can often enjoy right away.

A brain-healthy diet can help you move to a healthier weight and enjoy more energy, thanks to a steadier supply of blood sugar. You might also find yourself craving less junk food because your appetite-regulating hormones are working well. Omega 3s can also improve your focus and concentration, and lower your chance of depression.

The earlier you start developing healthy habits, the sooner a brain-friendly diet becomes a no-brainer. Try these helpful tips:

Grocery shop on the outer aisles. You’ll find produce and fresh selections of staple foods. Avoid processed and ready-made foods on the inner aisles. They’re usually higher in sodium and sugar – and cost!
Chop vegetables and fruit ahead of time and keep them handy for snacks and cooking.
If your week is busy, cook healthy meals over the weekend and keep them in the fridge or freezer.
Source: American Heart Assoc ®

Baseline Medical offers a 10 minute, non-invasive vascular ultrasound exam of the carotid arteries which will determine how thick the artery walls are and how well the blood is flowing through the veins. This exam is used as a diagnostic tool to determine if lifestyle modifications or medical interventions are needed.

Contact Baseline Medical TODAY to schedule your vascular ultrasound.


Worker’s Compensation Seminar

Baseline Medical will be a participant at the Worker’s Compensation Seminar being hosted by Phoenix Rehabilitation and WorkPlace Health, Thursday, May 14th at the Crowne Plaza, King of Prussia, PA

Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services and Workplace Health will be providing this free seminar which includes practical, useful and timely information pertaining to worker’s compensation.

Baseline Medical will be demonstrating carotid artery ultrasound screenings which help to determine risk of heart disease and stroke.