Sentara RMH Heart and Vascular Center offers vascular screenings to help increase awareness of vascular disease and reduce the risk of stroke, abdominal aneurysm and peripheral artery disease (PAD) to high-risk individuals age 50 and older.
The program is currently offered at several locations throughout the community, providing you with important health information and convenience of location.
What is a vascular screening?
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 a heart rhythm irregularity that may also lead to stroke
- To screen for an aneurysm, or enlargement, of the aorta (large blood vessel in abdomen) that may rupture and cause death
- To screen for blockages in the blood vessels in the legs that may cause disabling pain when walking
Who should get a screening?
People who are 50 years or older with known cardiovascular disease or risk factors (history of high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol).
What does a vascular screening entail?
A vascular screening takes approximately 50 minutes and is performed by trained vascular technologists and health educators. A non-invasive ultrasound is used to screen for carotid artery disease and an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Blood pressure is measured in the arms and legs to screen for PAD. An electrocardiogram is used to screen for atrial fibrillation (heart rhythm irregularity).
Where can I receive a vascular screening?
Sentara RMH vascular screenings are available in several different locations throughout the community. Locations are subject to change.
To register for your $50 vascular screening, call 1-800-SENTARA. Dates and locations will be provided. Registration closes the Friday prior to the screening.