WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- It can be hard to find anything free, especially when it comes to medical services.
For that reason, a clinic in Winston-Salem is getting a lot of attention.
"We stay so busy because the word has gotten out,” Casie Pegg, cardiovascular disease educator at the Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Vascular Screening Clinic, said.
The vascular clinic provides carotid artery and abdominal aorta ultrasounds.
It also conducts an ankle brachial index (ABI), which tests the blood circulation in the legs.
“If you do have a lot of plaque build-up or narrowing of the arteries, it could put you at a higher risk for stroke,” Pegg said.
Typically, these screenings would cost money, but here, they are done for free.
"[I’m] just surprised that they could do that or would do that, not many things in life are free now,” Libby Paris, a patient, said.
Paris heard about the center through her brother.
She says she is trying to be more health conscious as she gets older.
"My mother had cancer, my dad had congestive heart failure and emphysema, so just trying to keep a check on our health,” she said.
The vascular screening clinic provides test results to the patient the same day.
Novant Health is able to provide the service at no cost to the community by funding it as part of its overall community wellness initiatives.
The service is available to men and women who are 50 and older.
The clinic focuses on identifying new cases. It’s not for people who have a known vascular disease and are seeing a doctor.
Call (336) 277-1880 to schedule an appointment.