OSF Vascular Institute Welcomes Jim Craig to Promote AAA Awareness

Posted by: OSF Healthcare - May, 3rd 2016 @ 11:35 am

The OSF HealthCare Vascular Institute is pleased to welcome Jim Craig, the goalie for the 1980 Olympic gold-medal winning hockey team, to Peoria on May 13, 2016.

Jim Craig is best remembered for his outstanding goaltending during the 1980 games in which the young U.S. team beat the heavily favored Russians on the way to winning the gold medal. It became known as the “Miracle on Ice.”

Jim Craig is a national spokesperson for the Ultimate SAAAVE, a public awareness initiative that encourages screening for those with risk factors for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA). His passion developed after he lost his father to a ruptured AAA just eight years after his Olympic glory.

Burst or ruptured AAAs are almost always fatal and are the 13th leading cause of death annually in the U.S. A quick and painless ultrasound can detect AAA, and the condition is almost always treatable if detected early.

In conjunction with Jim’s visit, the OSF Vascular Institute team will be offering free screenings for those at risk. The general public is welcome to come meet Jim and learn more about AAAs and the OSF Vascular Institute.

WHAT: Free Public Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

WHEN: May 13, 2016    9 AM - Noon

WHERE: HeartCare Midwest building - 5405 N. Knoxville Ave. Peoria

Pre-registration is required by calling 309-589-2858. You will be asked some questions to determine if this screening is right for you. 

Who will benefit the most from this screening? People aged 60 and older with one or more of the following:

•           Family history of vascular disease (heredity/genetic factors)
•           Poor diet
•           High cholesterol
•           Emphysema
•           Heart disease
•           Smoking
•           High blood pressure

This screening will be done using ultrasound which is a painless, safe, and accurate way to detect AAA. The ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce an image of your abdominal aorta.  It allows an inside view of soft tissues and body cavities without needles or radiation. 

The test will be in a private area to ensure patient privacy and comfort and typically takes 10-15 minutes. The screening will be read on-site and results shared with immediately.