Advanced preventive screenings can help detect 'silent killers' such as
heart disease, stroke, arterial disease and osteoporosis Screenings provide potentially life-saving data, including actual images
and specific detailed measurements for clients and their doctors
Bilingual staff available for Spanish-speaking population
AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthYes!(TM), based in Austin, is a premier provider of mobile preventive medical screenings which can help detect "silent killers" such as heart disease, stroke, arterial disease, and osteoporosis long before any symptoms are present -- possibly saving lives. HealthYes! is expanding its service area and, as of November 1, 2008, will be holding preventive screening events four days a week in San Antonio and surrounding communities.
"Adding a second major metropolitan area to our service area within only eight months of our inception is a key milestone for HealthYes!" said Dale Wood, Co-Founder of HealthYes! who hails from San Antonio. "Our success in Austin -- where we have held more than 100 screening events since launching in April 2008 -- has allowed us to move forward with our plans to expand into the San Antonio market right on schedule."
In order to service San Antonio's large Spanish-speaking population, HealthYes! has specifically sought-out and hired bilingual staff. The company now has Spanish-speaking team members in both the newest Mobile Medical Unit and the resource call center, where people can schedule screenings and ask questions by phone.
In either language, HealthYes! provides potentially lifesaving information about personal health through the use of advanced screening technology, including Color Doppler ultrasound, automated oscillometry, and bone densitometry. "The process is painless, the technology is accurate, and all images and information are provided in an easy to understand packet," said Wood.
HealthYes! set out to make preventive screenings easy, affordable and non-invasive. Clients receive their test results for heart disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, stroke, peripheral artery disease, and osteoporosis within just four business days, significantly faster than the typical 21-day turnaround from other preventive screening providers.
"We strongly encourage people to take proactive, personal responsibility for their health by undergoing preventive screenings that can provide potentially life-saving information," said Craig Lindley, the other Co-Founder of HealthYes! "Our screenings establish a critical baseline against which doctors can measure future readings, adjusting recommendations and treatment accordingly. What distinguishes HealthYes! is the easy-to-understand, detailed, clinically relevant information and ultrasound images we give our clients," he said. "And, perhaps most importantly, the results have been proven to help identify underlying disease in seemingly healthy people."
Skilled HealthYes! medical technicians use state-of-the-art, FDA-approved technology to generate actual images and specific numeric data. Screenings include:
-- Stroke Screening -- Multiple ultrasound images of the right and left carotid arteries can help identify conditions affecting blood flow, blood flow velocities, and plaque build-up. Eighty-seven percent of all strokes occur due to clots that block arteries in the brain. Carotid Artery Disease is a leading cause of these clots. Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States. Ultrasound scanning of the carotid arteries is the single best predictor of stroke and heart disease.
-- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening -- Multiple ultrasound images and measurements at various points along the aorta, the largest blood vessel carrying oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body, indicate any abnormal enlargement. An aortic aneurysm can occur anywhere along the aorta, but a large majority of these types of aneurysms occur in the belly area. An undetected and untreated AAA can have lethal consequences. Three out of four aneurysms are found by chance when a diagnostic test, such as an X-ray or ultrasound, is performed for a different reason. About 15,000 Americans die each year from ruptured aortic aneurysms -- the 10th leading cause of death in men over age 50 in the United States.
-- Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Screening -- An oscillometry machine detects plaque build-up which occurs as the arteries in the legs narrow and harden (atherosclerosis). This serious disease can restrict blood flow and cause pain when walking. PAD is considered a leading indicator for those at risk of stroke and heart disease. One in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 has PAD. The two leading causes of death in the developed world are heart disease and stroke -- both of which are direct consequences of atherosclerosis. PAD is a major public health threat, affecting 10-12 million Americans, and requires greater screening through the use of the Ankle- Brachial Index.
-- Arterial Stiffness Index (ASI) Screening -- Also measured through automated oscillometry, ASI screening results provide specific data regarding arterial hardening, missed heartbeats, arrhythmias, blood pressure, and pulse patterns. ASI has been shown in studies to correlate with coronary artery disease. Currently, HealthYes! is the only local screening company offering the Arterial Stiffness Index.
-- Osteoporosis Screening -- A bone densitometer provides a Bone Mineral Density (BMD) measurement, expressed as a "T Score," as well as fracture risk and skeletal strength. Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. If undetected and left untreated, osteoporosis will typically progress, painlessly, until a bone breaks -- often in the hip, spine, or wrist. Statistically, life-expectancy decreases dramatically following such a break. Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for 44 million Americans. While osteoporosis is most commonly associated with women, it is estimated that one in every four men over 50 will have an osteoporosis related fracture in their lifetime.
HealthYes! screening events are already being scheduled throughout San Antonio beginning November 1 at community centers, fitness centers, churches, schools and other suitable facilities.
For more information on HealthYes!, health screenings, or health and wellness education, visit http://www.HealthYes.com or call 1-888-802-3125 (toll-free).
HealthYes! is an Austin-based preventive screening provider whose mission is to extend and enhance lives through education and the early identification of underlying disease, while providing friendly, caring, and professional service. HealthYes! is setting a new standard in the industry: our results packet includes all quantitative measurements and images, results are returned to clients in four business days, and all results are reviewed by local, Board Certified radiologists. By offering access to vital health screenings aimed at preventing devastating diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis, HealthYes! empowers individuals to take control of their well- being. For more information, visit http://www.HealthYes.com or call toll-free 1-888-802-3125.
About Our Teams
HealthYes! employs teams of highly-trained ultrasound technologists and experienced medical assistants. All have completed the formal training and rotations, in hospitals and/or other clinical practices, necessary to meet our company's demanding standards. They are expected not only to perform screenings accurately and efficiently, but also to be patient and knowledgeable in handling any client questions or concerns. Once a screening is complete, HealthYes! sends the results to local partner-physicians for review. Interpreting physicians include local radiologists and vascular specialists trained at identifying underlying disease.
About Our Technology
Color Doppler Ultrasound is the same technology used in prenatal
monitoring. This technology is totally non-invasive, completely safe, and
currently the best tool available for vascular and bone density screening
in a mobile environment. HealthYes! also uses advanced computer
oscillometry capable of measuring the stiffness of one's arteries (Arterial
Stiffness Index or ASI), a very accurate predictor of heart disease. Use of
these state-of- the-art, FDA approved screening technologies has been shown
in studies to consistently correlate with the identification of
cardiovascular diseases and is being adopted across the board by most
hospitals and other clinical practices.
HealthYes! BIOS - CO-FOUNDERS
DALE W. WOOD
Co-Founder and President Dale W. Wood, raised in the Park Forest neighborhood in San Antonio, co-founded HealthYes!(TM) with Craig S. Lindley in April 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio. Dale happily returned to the Lone Star State when he and co-founder Craig Lindley moved the company to Austin, Texas early in 2007.
Prior to starting the company, Dale amassed a wealth of professional and executive experience. From managing a sales group for Romac International to serving as a marketing coordinator for Texas Industries, Dale has always been focused on connecting with the customer. Ultimately, managing operations for an international call-center led to several successful entrepreneurial ventures and an executive position with a multi-national organization spanning the Atlantic. He has always had a particular passion for serving as a consultant to startup companies, mentoring entrepreneurs and teaching gifted businesspeople to step outside their 9-to-5 jobs.
After graduating from Tom C. Clark High School in San Antonio, Dale earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing & Management from Texas A&M University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, with an emphasis in International Business.
Dale's motivations for starting HealthYes! include having two family members pass away within one-year's time, including his 68-year-old father dying in a car wreck in 2005 in San Antonio while having a massive heart attack. Dale saw an opportunity to start a company that would provide a valuable service. He also saw the opportunity to work with a team of life-long friends. He has known Medical Director Dr. Charles Burch for more than 25 years, Director of Operations Aimee Whitfill for more than 15 years, and Co-Founder and Vice President Craig Lindley for more than 10 years.
On the lighter side, Dale is a season ticket holder of the San Antonio Spurs. He notes that in his youth he worked at The Alamo Cafe and served thousands of chicken fried steaks -- and hopes that with HealthYes! he can get a reprieve for his behavior.
An avid scuba diver, snow skier, water skier, and traveler, he enjoys spending time with friends, family and his lovely wife Allison. When not in Austin, he will likely be found with his wife in the Caribbean, Central or South America enjoying life outside normality.
CRAIG S. LINDLEY
Co-Founder and Vice President
Craig Lindley co-founded HealthYes!(TM) with Dale Wood in April of 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio. As Co-Founder and Vice-President, Craig brings a unique blend of eleven years of business development, marketing, and process improvement experience to the company. Prior to founding HealthYes!, Craig held various positions, including Area Development Manager with First Magnus Financial Corp and Account Executive with Romac International. Additional experience in real-estate development, project management, and web-based marketing strategies taught Craig to think big and execute at the ground level. He has a Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management and Process Improvement from Arizona State University.
With a family history of heart disease and diabetes, and personal battles with melanoma skin cancer and high-cholesterol, Craig is passionate about the services offered by HealthYes! and actively carries forth the message of proactive personal wellness. "I believe we all have a point in our lives when we truly recognize our own mortality. It is often at this point that we reassess our values and beliefs, our lifestyle, and our impact on society at large. For me, this was the basis for founding HealthYes! The positive impact we have on people's lives gives me unparalleled personal reward."
Craig's current goals for HealthYes! include continuing to revolutionize the health screening industry by giving more people access to the highest quality screenings available and continuing to create awareness about vascular disease through free educational workshops. Above all, he is dedicated to helping people understand the benefits of taking a proactive approach to their health.
In his free time, Craig enjoys spending time with his wife Allison (a broadcast news anchor) and their chocolate lab Tico. Always up for a new adventure, he enjoys most things outdoors and his latest list of activities includes hiking, skiing, biking, jogging, and traveling. On the to-do list: kayaking, learning to fly, and developing his Spanish language skills.
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