Getting screened for circulatory diseases is a wise idea for people with common risk factors, including:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
- History of smoking
- Male gender
- Family history of stroke
- Family history of Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Family history of aortic aneurysm
That’s why Mount Carmel makes three affordable vascular screenings available at Mount Carmel East, West and St. Ann’s.
To schedule an appointment, call 614-234-7400.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening
An abdominal ultrasound is a painless screening that can detect AAA, which is vital, since most patients don’t show symptoms. Patients lie on their back while a sonographer takes ultrasound images and measurements by moving a transducer across their abdomen. If the abdominal aorta is enlarged, it may suggest the presence of an aneurysm and warrant further evaluation by a physician.
Carotid Artery Disease Screening
Mount Carmel offers a painless, non-invasive vascular testing procedure for carotid artery disease called a carotid ultrasound. It uses high-frequency sound waves to view the arteries and blood flow in the neck, looking for plaque, blockages and narrowing. The test is both easy and effective in detecting the disease.
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) Screening
One way to detect PVD is to evaluate blood circulation in the legs. Mount Carmel utilizes the ankle-brachial index (ABI), which is a simple vascular screening method that measures blood pressure in both the ankle and arm using an ordinary blood pressure cuff and an ultrasound device. Together the two pressures form a ratio that determines the ABI. If the ABI is abnormal, it is an indicator that leg arteries may be narrowed as a result of PVD.
All three of these vascular testing procedures are performed using state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment in one of Mount Carmel’s ICAVL-accredited labs, and reviewed and interpreted by one of our board-certified physicians. The cost for each component screening is only $35, and the entire set of vascular screenings is available for $105.