Ridgeites concerned about their vascular health did not have totravel far last week to address these needs. The new Bay Ridgebranch of Vascular Specialists of Staten Island University Hospitalwelcomed locals on July 27 to receive free carotid arterycheck-ups.Dr. Jonathan Deitch, the chief of vascular and endovascular surgeryat Staten Island North Shore LIJ Hospital, who opened up the BayRidge office in March with two colleagues –Dr. Jonathan Schor and Dr. Kuldeep Singh – said the check-upsattracted a large turnout.Technicians, supervised by Dr. Deitch, offered screenings to peopleover the age of 50, or over 40 with risk factors such as smoking,high blood pressure, or a family history of stroke or carotidartery disease.This day of free screenings, according to Dr. Deitch, helped toincrease public awareness of his new practice – located at 705 86thStreet between Seventh and Battery Avenues.Our services center around a minimally invasive approach to allvascular maladies, among them carotid artery disease and lowerextremity vascular disease, Dr. Deitch said. Although the doctorsdo not perform surgery at the Bay Ridge location, consultations andfollow-up care are offered.Chinese, Spanish, Russian and Italian interpreters are alsoavailable at the office to aid those in need of care who are notfluent English speakers.Bay Ridge-born Dr. Deitch opened the office with one purpose inmind: to offer better service to his Brooklyn patients, especiallythe elderly, at a convenient location.We service quite a few patients in the Bay Ridge and Brooklynarea, so we wanted to increase our ability to service patients intheir own community so that they don’t have to travel, Dr. Deitchsaid. It’s an easier way to serve the community.
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