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An Annapolis nonprofit will be the first site in the world to use a handheld device for early detection of heart disease.

The local screening program Dare to C.A.R.E. will test a newly developed device that will transform ultrasound imaging from being an array of large, expensive equipment only highly trained experts can use and understand, to a radically less expensive, palm-sized scanner.

Called the Butterfly iQ, this device can be used by every health care provider in an examining room, at a patient’s bedside or even by the patients themselves in the privacy of their homes.

Dare to C.A.R.E., a free vascular screening program that began in 1999 in Annapolis, now has screening sites in 10 states. Cardiologist Dr. John D. Martin founded the nonprofit with Louise O. Hanson, of Cardiology Associates PC. Martin serves as the organization’s chairman and lead organizer, establishing new sites and is usually the first to try new applicable technologies.

Dare to C.A.R.E. is privately funded with donations and grants.

The “C.A.R.E.” in Dare to C.A.R.E. stands for:

  • Carotid artery disease: A primary cause of preventable strokes
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms: Ruptured…

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