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Dare To C.A.R.E

Dare To C.A.R.E

Since 2014, the University of Chicago Medicine has partnered with the Heart Health Foundation to offer Dare to C.A.R.E., a free heart and vascular disease education and screening program.

C.A.R.E. stands for:

  • Carotid Artery Disease: Responsible for at least 300,000 strokes per year, a primary cause of preventable strokes.
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: 90% of ruptured aneurysm cases lead to death; early detection can lead to a 95% survival rate.
  • Renal Artery Stenosis: Leads to hemodialysis in 15-20% of patients when left untreated.
  • Extremity Artery Disease: Affects over 10 million Americans, especially those over 50.

About the Screening

About the Screening

Patients who participate in Dare to C.A.R.E. will receive a 20-minute, non-invasive ultrasound of the neck, abdomen, and legs. Participants should not eat or drink for 12 hours prior to the screening. If patients have medications prior to the screening, those can be taken with water. During the screening, the care provider will focus on four major vascular problems:

  • Carotid artery disease
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Renal stenosis
  • Extremity artery disease

After the screening is complete, results are mailed to the patient, as well as to his or her primary care physician.
In order to be eligible for the free screening, patients must be over the age of 60 or over the age of 50 who have certain heart and vascular risk factors. These risk factors are: smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Additionally, diabetic patients over the age of 40 are eligible for a free vascular screening.


The vascular screenings are located at The University of Chicago Medicine Center for Advanced Care at Orland Park 14290 S. La Grange Rd, Orland Park, IL 60462. For more information on the location, please visit our location page.

About Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease affects the heart and arteries in the body. It is called coronary artery disease (CAD) when the heart is involved and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) when it involves arteries in other parts of the body, such as the arms, legs, kidneys, intestines and brain. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in America. Every year, more than 600,000 people die of heart disease -- one out of every four deaths. Unfortunately, the majority of people with this disease are living unaware of their risks.

Vascular screenings are crucial to helping people realize their health risks, as well as understanding treatments and learning to make healthier life choices. Screenings become particularly important with age. As we grow older, there can be increased plaque build-up within the arteries, which increases the risk for vascular disease. Since the start of the national Dare to C.A.R.E. program in 2000, there have been more than 100,000 patients screened. Increased screening had aided in the prevention and treatment of many different vascular diseases throughout the nation.

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