When it comes to your health, sometimes what you can’t see can hurt you. Many people don’t know they have vascular disease, a condition that can result in serious health issues including stroke. It’s hard to detect because, in its early stages, it often has few symptoms. But simple, painless ultrasound screenings can detect problems, allowing your doctor to treat them and keep you healthy.
The purpose of a vascular screening is:
- To screen for blockages in the blood vessels of the neck (carotid arteries) that may lead to stroke;
- To screen for an aneurysm, or enlargement, of the aorta (large blood vessel in abdomen) that may rupture and cause death; and
- To screen for blockages in the blood vessels in the legs that may cause disabling pain when walking.
What Screenings Are Offered?
Sentara Martha Jefferson offers three screenings for the early detection of vascular disease:
- An ultrasound of the carotid artery in your neck to look for plaque
- An ultrasound of your abdominal aorta to look for an aneurysm
- An ankle-brachial index to detect narrowing of vessels in the legs
Each screening is $50 if you pay at the time of service. If you choose all three screenings, the total cost is $99.
Not everyone needs to be screened, but if you have certain risk factors including obesity, smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of heart or vascular disease, talk with your doctor and call us to learn more.
Where can I receive a vascular screening?
How Do I Schedule?
To schedule a screening, call 434-654-7130.