Sentara RMH Heart and Vascular Center offers vascular screenings to help increase awareness of vascular disease and reduce the risk of stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and peripheral artery disease (PAD) to high-risk individuals age 50 and older.
The program is offered at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg, Va.
What is a vascular screening?
The vascular screening takes about 50 minutes and is performed by a trained vascular technologist. A non-invasive ultrasound is used to screen for carotid artery blockage and AAA. Blood pressure is measured in the arms and legs to screen for PAD. Results and information on vascular health and risk are provided the day of the screening.
What is the purpose of a vascular screening?
- 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
- To screen for blockages in the blood vessels in the legs that may cause disabling pain when walking
- To screen for high blood pressure which a risk factor for stroke
Who should get a screening?
Individuals 50 years or older with known cardiovascular disease or risk factors (history of high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, or high cholesterol) for cardiovascular disease.
Registration and Cost
Sentara RMH Medical Center vascular screenings cost only $50.
To schedule, call 1-800-Sentara (736-8272).
A physician referral is not required.