Catch Vascular Disease Early

A simple, painless screening could save your life.  Your vascular system sends blood throughout your body, bringing vital nutrients where they need to go.  A vascular screening makes sure that your arteries are working properly.

Our Imaging team is here to keep you a few steps ahead, helping you live better and age smarter.

Call 507-831-0670 today to schedule a screening │ $50 per screen

Vascular Screenings

What is Vascular Disease?

Vascular Disease can be a debilitating and sometimes deadly.  It can lead to high blood pressure, leg pain, limb loss, heart attack, stroke and kidney failure.

  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Claudication
  • Poor Circulation

Who Should Have a Vascular Screen?

These screenings are for patient who are 35 or older and have a personal or family history of cardiac disease, heart attack or stroke.  Type 1 Diabetics should get screened at age 30 or older.

Major risk factors for Vascular Disease include:

  • Diabetes
  • Smokers or those who have smoked
  • High Cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Sores on feet or legs that are slow to heal
  • Aching, cramping or pain in arms, legs, thighs, buttocks while exercising
  • Age 65 or older
  • Family history of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

Screenings are recommended once every 3 to 5 years.

 

How Are Vascular Screenings Performed?

During the ultrasound you will lie on an exam table with the room partially darkened.  A water-soluble gel will be placed on the skin of the area examined and an ultrasound probe will be slid over the skin of the area to be examined. 

The ultrasound causes no pain, but, in some cases, moderate pressure is placed on the probe to produce a clear image.  The exam takes 30 minutes. 

The ultrasound consists of a carotid artery duplex performed on the neck, an aortic screening on the abdomen, and an ankle-brachial index using blood pressure cuffs on the arms and ankles.

How To Prepare

Do not eat, drink or chew gum 8 hours prior to the test.  This will allow us to view the abdominal aorta more clearly.  However, please continue to take your medications as usual.

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