The Missy Project's Community Screening Program
Cerebrovascular disease was responsible for more deaths in America
in 2000 than AIDS, Diabetes, or Alzheimer’s disease. Cerebrovascular
disease includes aneurysms and it is the Third Overall Cause of Death
in the U.S.
Early Detection and Screening could save thousands of lives...
So why is it not being done?
For the last nine (9) years The Missy Project staff and board of directors have worked tirelessly on building a screening program to combat the final outcome, which is usually death, of a brain aneurysm. In 2006 after working with The Brain and Spine Center at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin Texas, they introduced a pilot program that provided MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography) scans of 10 people. Out of these 10 people two were diagnosed with brain aneurysm and were subsequently introduced immediately to medical interventions that saved their lives.
Due to the outcomes of the 2006 community-screening pilot, The Missy Project has now officially began the only formal early detection-screening program of its kind in the Country together with The Brain and Spine Center of Austin at Brackenridge Hospital.
The Missy Project is looking for 70 eligible people to participate in the screening program. This early detection-screening program will save lives and eventually institute a protocol for brain aneurysm screenings all across the Country.
Protocol to be an eligible applicant for the Brain Aneurysm Disease Community Screening Program you must:
-Be 16 years of ago or older,
-Have two (2) family members (primary; mother, father, sister, brother or secondary; grandmother, grandfather, aunt or uncle) who has had a brain aneurysm.
Have one (1) primary or secondary family member who has had a brain aneurysm
AND who has hypertension OR who is a smoker.