Cardiovascular screening tests are a way to be proactive about your healthcare. Many diseases can be found on screening before they become evident clinically, before they cause problems. Screening can tell you if you are starting to develop problems that can turn in to serious diseases even years from now. They can also show if you have significant risk factors to develop a disease. “Early detection is the key to prevention”. If you find that you are at significant risk, there are usually a number of measures you and your doctor can take to help decrease your chances of developing problems. There are different types of screening tests available.
There are various screening tests that evaluate the status of your vascular system,
the arteries that carry vital oxygen and nutrients to the heart, brain, and all major organs.
This test looks for plaque in the two carotid arteries that feed the brain, blockages here can cause strokes. Your carotid arteries, one on each side of your neck, deliver blood to your brain. Stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. 795,000 strokes occur annually, one every 45 seconds. The overwhelming majority are caused by plaque in the arteries that supply blood to the brain. Stroke is the leading cause of permanent disability in older people. Learn More
This test looks for enlargement (aneurysm formation) in the abdominal aorta, the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Aneurysms are bulges that occur in the walls of a blood vessel that is weakened. Like a balloon, these weakened areas can expand gradually as the pressure builds up in them. When they get large enough, they burst, which is a very serious life threatening event. Learn More
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a form of atherosclerosis that causes hardening and narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the extremities. By checking the blood pressure in your ankles compared to your arms, the ABI test gives us a very good idea of whether there is any blockage in the arteries that feed your legs, an important condition that people are often unaware of until the problem gets quite severe. Learn More