Preventive screenings are a valuable tool to help doctors detect and treat problems early. Owensboro Health offers Vascular Screenings which can help catch early signs of diseases like Stroke or Aneurysm.
Screenings Can Detect Early Warning Signs
Screenings are important because vascular problems often don’t have symptoms, or most people are uneducated about the symptoms they do cause. Primary care doctors also may not have the resources or training to identify these problems.
Each year, Vascular Diseases and problems cause 240,000 Strokes and 180,000 amputations. More than 15,000 people die from Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, a vascular condition that typically goes undiagnosed. Another 1.5 million heart attacks and 325,000 sudden cardiac deaths are attributed to Heart Disease, which is associated with Vascular Diseases or problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, killing about 137,000 people each year.
About Vascular Screenings
To help catch vascular problems early, a number of non-invasive screenings are available at Surgical Specialists. The screenings, which are painless and non-invasive, include Ultrasound Scans of the carotid artery and abdominal aorta and a Doppler Test on the ankles and lower legs. Surgical Specialists' vascular laboratory is also accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories.
- Carotid ultrasound
- Doppler imaging
- Duplex scanning
- Venous evaluation
- Arterial evaluation of the upper and lower extremities
- Vascular screening exams
Criteria For Vascular Screening
- Age 50 or over
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Family history of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
- Family history of Stroke
- Family history of Heart Disease
Schedule Your Vascular Screening
The screenings are available for $75, due at time of service, and patients who would like to schedule a vascular screening do not need a referral. Most insurance plans do not cover this service.
To learn more or to schedule a screening with Surgical Specialists, call 270-683-3720.