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Vascular Screenings

 

One in 20 Americans over age 50 has vascular disease-buildup of plaque in the arteries of your legs, neck or abdomen. This can lead to a heart attack, aneurysm or stroke.

Vascular disease can be detected early and treated. The screening process uses advanced ultrasound technology to screen for blockages in leg arteries for peripheral vascular disease, neck arteries for stroke risk and in the abdomen for abdominal aortic aneurysm. It takes less than 15 minutes and is completely pain-free and non-invasive.

 

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, supplying blood to the abdomen, pelvis and legs. An abnormal enlargement caused by weakening of the artery wall is called an aneurysm. A large aneurysm in the abdomen may produce no symptoms prior to rupture, but is usually fatal if it does. AAA is easily diagnosed using our simple ultrasound test.

Risk factors for AAA

  • Age over 60 years
  • Family history of AAA
  • Smoking history
  • High blood pressure
  • For the abdominal screening, we ask that you fast for six hours prior to your test.
  • Medications may be taken with water.

Cartoid Artery Stenosis (Stroke Risk)

The carotid arteries are the main blood supply-lines to the brain. Build-up of a fatty substance called plaque can partially or completely block these arteries. This blockage may produce no symptoms, and can significantly increase the risk of a catastrophic stroke. Ultrasound is a very effective tool in checking these vessels.

Risk factors for a stroke

  •  High blood pressure
  •  Diabetes
  •  Smoking history
  •  High cholesterol levels
  •  Family history of a stroke
  •  Prior stroke Vascular disease in other areas of the body

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

Artery blockage from plaque can also develop in the arteries of the legs resulting in reduced blood flow. This can affect your ability to walk and, if severe enough, could result in a risk of amputation. PAD also significantly increases your risk for heart disease.

Risk factors for PAD

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Family history of PAD
  • Heart disease
  • Muscle pain in the legs when walking

 

To schedule a vascular screening, please call 513-585-2668. For more information about vascular disease, please visit us on the web at www.thechristhospital.com/vascular.

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