Vascular Screening

Peripheral artery disease, PAD, Vascular screening Image Courtesy NHLBI

 

Peripheral artery disease or P.A.D. develops when your arteries become clogged with plaque or fatty deposits that limit blood flow to your legs. 1 in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 had P.A.D., a condition that raises the risk for heart attack and stroke.

P.A.D. does not always present with symptoms. So it is very important to get screened. At Owensboro Heart and Vascular, we offer 3 simple, non invasive tests for vascular screening

 

Carotid Artery Ultrasound, ABI- Ankle Brachial Index and Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound.

 

 

Carotid Artery Ultrasound, Assessment for stroke risk, part of vascular screening Image Courtesy of NHLBI

 

Carotid Artery Ultrasound

Providing assessment for stroke risk, Carotid Artery Ultrasound visualizes the presence of plaque and assesses if the plaque affects blood flow to the brain.

ABI, Ankle Brachial Index Image Courtesy NHLBI

 

ABI-Ankle Brachial Index

 

ABI screening evaluates for adequate circulation through the arteries in your legs. It is determined by a ratio between the systolic pressure in your arms and the systolic pressure in your legs.

Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound Image courtesy NHLBI

 

Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound

 

Abdominal aortic ultrasound measures the diameter of your abdominal aorta in 2 dimensions. An aneurysm is indicated if focal dilatation is present measuring greater than 3 cms.

PAD does not always present with symptoms. So it is very important to get screened. Get your screening for early detection and prevention.

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