Vascular Screening

Vascular diseases such as stroke, peripheral artery disease, and abdominal aortic aneurysm are the three most serious, non-cardiac related vascular diseases that afflict Americans. Early detection can help prevent life-threatening conditions or long-term disabilities.

What is vascular screening?

The top image illustrates a normal, healthy blood vessel. The middle image shows a blood vessel blockage with plaque buildup. The bottom image illustrates how the blockage may create a clot that can lead to vascular disease.Vascular screening helps to detect blood vessel blockages or plaque buildup that puts a person at risk for aneurysm, stroke or other vascular diseases. The screening provides a good snapshot of what is going on in the blood vessels.

Inspiring Health Vascular Screenings are performed by a registered vascular technologist every Wednesday and Thursday morning, 8 a.m. to noon. Results are interpreted by board-certified radiologists. All screening results are mailed to the patient. Patients with abnormal screening results will be encouraged to meet with their personal physician for follow-up.

What tests are performed?

Normal Aorta and Abdominal Aortic AneurysmThe screening consists of three separate exams:

  • Carotid Ultrasound: scans for the build-up of fatty blockages, or plaque, in the carotid arteries in the neck. This condition may lead to a stroke.
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: scans for a ballooning of the wall of the abdominal aorta, or aneurysm, which may rupture and be fatal. Many people do not know they have this condition.
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD): uses the Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) to check for blockages, narrowing, and plaque buildup in the leg arteries. Abnormal results may indicate a high risk for coronary artery and peripheral arterial disease.

Who should be screened?

Anyone over age 55 or anyone over age 40 who has multiple risk factors, including:

  • Family history of heart disease or stroke
  • History of smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight
  • High stress levels
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes

Is a physician referral required?

No.

How long does the screening take?

Each exam takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. All three exams take approximately 45 minutes.

How much does the screening cost?

Each exam costs $40. Patients may take advantage of all three screenings at the same appointment for a discounted price of $100. Payment is required at the time of the screening.

To schedule an appointment for one of the upcoming Inspiring Health Vascular Screenings, please call (605) 696-8888.