Our team of vascular medicine specialists and vascular surgeons provide you with a range of vascular health screening options. Noninvasive vascular screenings identify irregularities, which can be linked to a particular vascular disease. For example, during a carotid artery disease screening, an ultrasound determines if cholesterol has built up in the arteries in the neck. By identifying potential vascular disease, you can determine a treatment plan before the disease progresses. Left untreated, vascular disease increases your risk of heart attack, stroke and other serious health issues.
If you have any questions about vascular health screenings, please call 414-955-1800.
We screen for these vascular diseases.
Peripheral Artery Disease
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem affecting more than 8 million people in the United States. If left untreated, PAD can lead to increased risk for heart attack or stroke.
The most common PAD screening is an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI is a noninvasive, painless test that compares blood pressure in your ankle with blood pressure in your arm while you are at rest. The test takes about 15 minutes to complete. If your doctor can feel pulses in your feet during a routine physical exam, then you don’t need this test.
Carotid Artery Disease
Your carotid arteries are the two large blood vessels in your neck that supply blood to your brain. If these arteries become clogged with cholesterol, they become dangerously narrow and increase your risk of stroke.
To screen for carotid artery disease (CAD), a vascular team member uses ultrasound technology to create images of the carotid arteries while measuring blood flow through them. These images are interpreted by our vascular team to determine the likelihood of CAD. The test takes about 15 minutes to complete.
While the majority of patients with asymptomatic carotid blockages will never need surgery, these blockages can point to a more serious health condition such as heart disease.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a ballooning of the abdominal aorta – the artery that carries blood to the lower part of the body. This potentially life-threatening condition is also known as a silent killer, because many people do not experience symptoms. Research suggests more than one million people are living today with an undiagnosed AAA.
The most common abdominal aortic aneurysm screening is an abdominal ultrasound. During the exam, our vascular team member uses a transducer on your abdomen, moving from one area to another. The transducer sends images to a computer screen to check for a potential aneurysm. The test takes about 20 minutes to complete.
Who Needs Vascular Screening
Vascular health screenings are recommended for adult patients over the age of 65 who have a history of smoking, or a family history of vascular disease. In some cases it may be recommended that you participate in a screening before 65, particularly if you have very specific risk factors associated with vascular disease. Talk to your primary care doctor if you have questions about whether you should be screened for vascular disease.
Vascular Screening Cost
In most cases, your screening will be covered by insurance.
Vascular screenings are available by appointment at the Center for Advanced Care on the Froedtert Hospital campus. To learn more about our vascular screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 414-955-1800.