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Overview

Three different tests – which can be completed at the same time, in about 30 minutes, and are pain-free – make up a “vascular screening.” Each test is highly effective at screening specifically for stroke risk factors, aneurysms, and vascular disease. They include:

 

Aortic Ultrasound Screening: This screening method examines the main blood vessel in the abdomen for aortic aneurysms (AAA) – a swelling of the blood vessel there and thinning of the vessel wall that eventually could rupture, resulting in a life-threatening situation. Oftentimes there are no signs or symptoms associated with the aneurysm.

Carotid Artery Ultrasound Screening: Carotid arteries are blood vessels on either side of the neck and supply blood to the brain. A restriction or blockage in either of them can lead to a stroke. This test screens for carotid occlusive disease (CAD) to identify narrowing in either the left or right carotid arteries.

Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening: The most common of the three vascular conditions, peripheral arterial disease’s (PAD) presence is tested by evaluating circulation in the legs to find any potential blockages in the arteries. PAD symptoms are often characterized by leg pain or by leg wounds that won’t heal.

Who is a candidate?

There are several risk factors that indicate a vascular screening may be in order. A candidate may want to be screened if they fall into any of these categories:

  • Age 55 or older
  • Current or former smoker
  • Nicotine products user
  • Family history of cardiovascular disease or aneurysms
  • Overweight
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol

What to expect

Vascular screenings are performed in our office and are non-invasive, meaning nothing is inserted into your body and there are no incisions or shots required. The screening is also fast, and results are received quickly.

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