Is your Heart’s Health Worth six minutes of your time? Introducing AngioScreen® – the first step to better health! Angioscreen® is a simple, non-invasive vascular screening designed to provide you with information about your circulation and your risk of heart disease and stroke. An Angioscreen® will provide you with information about your heart rhythm, neck and leg arteries and fitness.
The Angioscreen consists of three tests that are not normally ordered by physicians unless symptoms are present:
Ultrasound – An ultrasound scan shows the flow of blood in the neck arteries that go to the front of the brain. Narrowing of these carotid arteries by the buildup of cholesterol called plaque within the wall of the blood vessels increases the risk of stroke. Patients will receive a CD and Hard copy colored picture of their carotid (neck) arteries to share with their physician.
ABI (Ankle Brachial Index) – A screening test for blockages in the arteries that go to legs. Such blockage is called Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD. Ten million people have PAD, and 90% do not know they have it. A person with PAD is two to four times more likely to have a heart attack compared to the general population.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm – An abdominal Aortic Aneurism (AAA) is an expansion or ballooning of the abdominal aorta, the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. As the aneurysm expands, the wall weakens and may rupture often resulting in sudden death. The majority of people with AAAs have no symptoms so early screening is often life–saving. Aortic aneurysms may be diagnosed by ultrasound scanning, a non–invasive, painless test without any adverse effects.
For more information about Angioscreen®, or to set up an appointment, please contact Corey Thomas, RVT, RT(R), at (706) 829-9116, or email him at Christopher.Thomas4@HCAHealthcare.com.