The Screening that Could Save Your Life
Vascular disease is any condition that affects yourcirculatory system, including peripheral artery disease (PAD), abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), carotid artery disease and stroke. Sentara RMH Heart and Vascular Center offers vascular screenings to help reduce the risk of these conditions and increase awareness of vascular disease among high-risk persons age 50 and older.
What is a vascular screening?
Vascular screenings are non-invasive—they do not require needle-sticks or incisions. This screening will check for:
- Blockages in the blood vessels of the neck (carotid arteries) that may lead to stroke
- An irregular heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation) that may cause stroke;
- An aneurysm, or enlargement, of the aorta (the large blood vessel in the abdomen) that may rupture and cause death
- Blockages in the blood vessels in the legs that may cause a person to have disabling pain when walking
Who should get a screening?
People who are 50 years or older with known cardiovascular disease or risk factors (history of high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol) should receive a vascular screening.
What does a vascular screening entail?
A vascular screening takes about 50 minutes and is performed by trained vascular technologists and health educators. A non-invasive ultrasound is used to screen for carotid artery disease and AAA. Blood pressure is measured in the arms and legs to screen for PAD. An electrocardiogram is used to screen for atrial fibrillation. Results and information on vascular health and risk are provided the day of the screening.
Registration and Cost
Vascular screenings cost only $50. Screenings are offered at several locations throughout the community. To schedule an appointment at the location nearest you, call Sentara RMH Healthsource at 855-564-7200. A physician referral is not required.
Common Vascular Diseases
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
—The abdominal aorta is the large blood vessel that delivers blood to your abdomen, pelvis and legs. An aneurysm occurs when a blood vessel becomes unusually large and balloons outward. A ruptured aneurysm causes profuse bleeding and can lead
to shock or, if not treated immediately, death.
Carotid Artery Disease
—The carotid arteries are the major blood vessels in your neck, supplying blood to the brain. Carotid artery disease occurs when these vessels become narrowed or blocked, reducing blood flow to the brain and significantly increasing the risk of stroke.
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
—The peripheral arteries are the blood vessels located outside the heart. Peripheral artery disease occurs when plaque, a buildup of fat and cholesterol inside the artery, blocks blood from passing through the vessel.