Did either of your parents die of a stroke or heart attack?
Do you experience shortness of breath occasionally?
Do you have diabetes?
Did anyone in your family die of a ruptured artery?
Being in good vascular health is not just a matter of following your doctor’s instructions, it’s your ability to work with your physician to take on a proactive approach to your wellbeing. Many of us are guilty of waiting until something doesn’t feel right before consulting a vascular specialist, but that approach only gives your doctor less time to diagnose, properly treat and continue to manage your condition.
At the Advanced Vein & Vascular Center we like to promote your general health, which we’re able to do when we detect vascular diseases early. The sooner we can begin treatment, the higher your chances of making a full recovery. As long as you take the necessary steps to prevent vascular issues from forming, you won’t need to take part in corrective medical treatment in the future.
Part of our commitment to your vascular health is performing regular screenings that actively detect potentially life-threatening diseases. Our team of registered vascular technologists diligently identify and diagnose conditions so that we’re able to treat them before they can progress.
What Can a Screening Do for You?
Just because you don’t show signs or symptoms for a particular disease, doesn’t mean you aren’t at risk for contracting one. A health screening can examine your current physical health and share information with your physician who can help you manage your health now to prevent illnesses down the line.
Many diseases are completely preventable if they are detected early, which not only can prolong your life expectancy, but also ensure that you experience a good quality of life as you continue to age.
Who Should Get Screened?
The short answer is: everyone, but there are those who are more prone to certain vascular conditions than others. Hereditary issues like peripheral arterial disease (PAD), abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) should be screened for early on regardless of whether you are showing symptoms. Doing so will ensure the physicians at the Advanced Vein & Vascular Center stay ahead of any concerns that may arise.
Natural aging is also cause for medical screenings since our bodies pose a higher chance of contracting certain illnesses as we grow older. Even if you’ve been healthy your entire life, these risks become more prevalent with age. For example, it’s mandatory that men aged 65-75 be screened for AAA since the disease is more likely to form in this demographic than any other.
Overall, if there is any indication that you are at risk for certain vascular diseases, we will schedule you for a screening. In our Mainline office, we conduct life-saving screenings for just $139.
What Do We Screen for?
Any vascular condition that impacts blood circulation throughout your body and places your life at risk; however, there are specific conditions that warrant our immediate attention.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
AAA occurs when a buildup of plaque causes the aorta in the abdomen to bulge. As the plaque builds and blood continues to pass through the aorta, the blood vessel can burst, causing sharp pains, dizziness and nausea.
We screen for AAA because it rarely shows symptoms until the abdominal aorta has already ruptured. By capturing the condition early, we can manage the aneurysm, keep it from growing or remove it altogether. Screening for AAA involves a painless and non-invasive ultrasound procedure that examines the condition of your aorta.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
PAD occurs mainly in small to medium-sized arteries responsible for supplying blood to the legs. Similar to AAA, PAD will form when cholesterol and scar tissues begin to build along the walls of the arteries and prevent blood from easily passing through. As the arteries become more and more clogged, you can begin to experience pain and difficulty with mobility. You also increase your risk of heart disease if PAD is left untreated.
We screen for PAD using the ankle-brachial index (ABI), which places pressure cuffs around your arms and ankles in order to measure the systolic blood pressure in those areas. Finger- pricking can also be used as another indicator for PAD, which examines the lipids in your blood.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
DVT is a blood clot that occurs most commonly in your legs, which is where your deeper veins are located. Blood clots form for many reasons, including underlying medical conditions, standing or sitting for prolonged periods or heredity, but oftentimes they appear without any symptoms, which is why screening for the condition is essential.
If left to progress, DVT can cause swelling in the limbs and pain, but more importantly, the blood clots can break free from the veins and travel through the bloodstream into the lungs, creating a deadly blockage known as pulmonary embolism. Screening for DVT usually includes an ultrasound procedure to detect any blood clots.
Many of the screening services that we provide can be combined to check for multiple disorders, and your results can be provided to you in under a week. If your screening does show that you are at risk for any vascular conditions, we will schedule a follow-up appointment to go over your next steps for treatment.
Each of the health screenings we offer are efficient and painless, and they provide you with the opportunity to take control of your general health today. For more information about the life- saving screenings we provide, please feel free to contact the Advanced Vein & Vascular Center at 610-200- 6924 and schedule a consultation.