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On 30th September 2020, the Brazilian television reported about the first Healthy Artery Week. Between 29th September and 2nd October 2020, the Santa Casa de Santos carried out free Ankle-Brachial Index measurements with MESI ABPI MD. The objective was to measure the perfusion in the arteries, aiming to prevent adverse events, such as arthrosis, thrombosis, heart attacks and stroke.

The event was a complete success as more than 1000 people attended. During the four days, the hospital staff detected 74 serious cases of Peripheral Arterial Disease and more than 30% of patients that were with hypertension.

Watch the 4-minute video of a report by the country’s leading broadcaster Globo or read about what was said in English.

Anchor Tathy:

Until Friday, we are conducting free exams at the Santa Casa de Santos Hospital to check how arteries are functioning. The main goal is to prevent diseases like thrombosis, stroke and even heart attack, so Marcela Perotti was there to follow this campaign, and we talking to her live. Marcela good afternoon. Tell us more about this event.


Marcela:

Tathy, good afternoon for you all.

The measurements are being carried out since yesterday, here at the parking lot of the Santa Casa de Santos Hospital. The examination is free and will be available every day from 10am to 4 pm until Friday.

It’s very important to understand the health of the arteries.

Yesterday it was rainy and a little more than 70 people came and today there are more than 50, and it’s not over yet, so the people who come will be taking care of their health and will not need to pay anything. We will be talking to Edson de Oliveira, who is trained Clinical Engineer by the Albert Einstein Learning Centre.

What does a Clinical Engineer do, Edson? It’s a person who deals directly with hospital equipment and instruments, guiding doctors and professionals, right? You are helping to conduct these measurements here today. Explain the importance of taking this medical test, good evening.


Edson:

Good afternoon.

This important test – the Ankle Brachial Index – is a preventive, non-invasive, painless test. This device we are now bringing to Brazil does the calculation in less than a minute.

So, it’s very fast.

With the traditional Doppler method, this process takes 30 minutes. However, (with MESI ABPI MD), the measurement is done entirely simultaneously.

It is very important for the prevention of Peripheral Arterial Disease, which affects more than 20% of the world population and 70% of the affected patients are asymptomatic. We have many patients with PAD here; we are performing this quick examination and ensuring a prompt intervention by advising the patients to seek out specialist treatment.


Marcela:

The vascular doctors or cardiologists specialize in these issues.

Which diseases can be prevented through this exam and timely treatment?


Edson:

Peripheral Arterial Disease is associated with cardiovascular disease resulting in serious consequences like stroke, myocardial infarction, limb amputation, thrombosis – diseases with dangerous outcomes.

And as I said, Peripheral Arterial Disease, once it manifests, your heart could already be impacted 10 years before. So it is very important to see your doctor, and receive an overall examination, or schedule the Ankle-Brachial Index test, which saves lives.


Marcela:

And it is a super – fast test, which also measures the heart rate and brachial blood pressure.


Edson:

Exactly.

This exam that we are doing here will measure ABI – Left and Right Ankle- Brachial Index, it will check the heart rate, it will check the Systolic and Diastolic pressure, and generate pulse waveforms graphs.


Marcela:

Thank you for your information.

Fun fact for you, Tathy, I had this measurement done and everything is fine. Alex Ferreira, our film reporter had one as well. It is worth checking if you can then take better care of your health. Back to you in the studio.