Vascular Testing - Vascular Screening

 Vascular diseases such as stroke, peripheral artery disease, and abdominal aortic aneurysm are the three most serious, non-cardiac related vascular diseases that afflict Americans. Early detection can help prevent life-threatening conditions or long-term disabilities. 

What is vascular screening?

 Vascular screening helps to detect blood vessel blockages or plaque buildup that puts a person at risk for aneurysm, stroke or other vascular diseases. The screening provides a good snapshot of what is going on in the blood vessels.

Inspiring Health Vascular Screenings are performed by a registered vascular technologist every Wednesday and Thursday morning, 8 a.m. to noon. Results are interpreted by board-certified radiologists. All screening results are mailed to the patient. Patients with abnormal screening results will be encouraged to meet with their personal physician for follow-up.

What test are performed?

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The screening consists of three separate exams:

  • Carotid Ultrasound: scans for the build-up of fatty blockages, or plaque, in the carotid arteries in the neck. This condition may lead to a stroke.

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: scans for a ballooning of the wall of the abdominal aorta, or aneurysm, which may rupture and be fatal. Many people do not know they have this condition.

  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD): uses the Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) to check for blockages, narrowing, and plaque buildup in the leg arteries. Abnormal results may indicate a high risk for coronary artery and peripheral arterial disease.


Who should be screened?

 Anyone over age 55 or anyone over age 40 who has multiple risk factors, including:

  • Family history of heart disease or stroke

  • History of smoking

  • High blood pressure

  • Overweight

  • High-stress levels

  • Inactive lifestyle

  • High cholesterol

  • Diabetes