Vascular Disease Early Detection Non-Invasive Screenings

An estimated 20-30 million Americans are at risk for various vascular diseases, including stroke, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), carotid artery disease and aortic aneurysms. These non-heart related vascular diseases cause as much death and disability as heart disease. In the past, these vascular diseases have gone undetected until it is too late. With early detection, the vascular disease can be identified and treated before major complications arise.

IAC Accredited Faculty Vascular TestingOur early detection screening is designed to discover undetected health problems using non-invasive health screenings. These screenings, which take approximately 30 minutes to complete and do not require a doctor's order, allow patients and their primary care physician to actively design a plan to effectively treat the diagnosed vascular disease. A full range of non-invasive tests is available at our vascular laboratory, including tests for: Our non-invasive vascular laboratory is a modern, uniquely designed facility to serve outpatients and is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL).

Should you be screened?

Screening is useful for anyone over the age of 55 who has not already been diagnosed with carotid artery, abdominal aorta or peripheral vascular disease. There is a higher risk of atherosclerosis in certain high risk patients, including those patients with: 
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Family history of atherosclerotic problems and circulatory problems

Carotid artery screening

Over 700,000 Americans suffer strokes each year. Many patients die when they have a stroke; a larger number are left disabled with paralysis. Carotid artery screening is very important in detecting that the carotid artery has not narrowed. The carotid artery exam consists of a quick carotid duplex ultrasound scan and a blood pressure check for severe hypertension. These exams can detect the most frequent causes of stroke. There is no fasting or other preparation required for this test.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a weakening in the wall of the aorta. The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body, and it supplies blood to the organs of the body. An aneurysm or dilation of the artery increases the risk of rupture of the aorta. If the aorta ruptures, most people die. An ultrasound can detect the presence of an aneurysm, and measure its size to determine the best treatment option. Fasting 2-4 hours prior to the exam is helpful for better ultrasound visualization.

Peripheral arterial screening

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), more commonly known as hardening of the arteries, affects 12-15 million Americans. It is a condition in which the large and medium sized arteries supplying blood to the lower extremities become narrowed or clogged, slowing or stopping the flow of blood. A Doppler exam for PAD can quickly determine if there is any impairment in the circulation to the limbs. The exam can identify blockages in the leg arteries and tell how severe the blockage is and whether treatment is needed. There is no fasting or other preparation required for this test.

Scheduling

Cost for the screenings is $40.00 per exam or $100.00 for the set of three. These screening tests are not covered by insurance. We do accept VISA, MasterCard and Discover cards for your convenience.

Call our office at 913-262-9201 to schedule an appointment for your vascular screening today.

Learn about ultrasound and its use in screening for vascular disease: ICAVL and RPVI.