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    Vascular Screenings

    Why Vascular Screenings?

    The screening process includes three simple tests:

    • ABI Screening for Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) -
    The ankle brachial index (ABI) test is used to detect potential blockages that may restrict blood flow within your leg arteries.  These blockages are one component of a disease process referred to as Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).  PAD is an ongoing process whereby the large arteries within the arms and legs are slowly occluded. The diminished blood flow to the muscles and tissues often results in disabling leg pain and in some cases limb loss.  

    One in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 has peripheral arterial disease.  Individuals who suffer from PAD, may be at increased risk for coronary disease, stroke, or abdominal aortic aneurysms.  These risks can be reduced if PAD is diagnosed early.
     
      
    • Carotid Artery Screening for Stroke
    - a noninvasive, ultrasound test that detects potential blockages within the carotid arteries resulting from plaque buildup. The carotid artery is located within your neck and is one of the main arteries that supplies blood to your brain. A sudden decrease in blood flow to the brain may lead to a stroke.  

    Strokes are the third leading cause of death. More than half of all strokes in older Americans are due to carotid disease.  Early detection of potential carotid artery blockages may reduce your risk of having a stroke.
     
      
    • AAA Screening for Abdominal Aneurysm
    - a noninvasive, ultrasound test that checks for an abnormal dilation of the abdominal aorta.  The abdominal aorta is the major blood vessel that transports blood from your heart to your legs. This abnormal dilation results in a “ballooning” of the abdominal aorta that may potentially rupture.

    Rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysms is the 10th leading cause of death in men over 50, but most people do not know they have an aneurysm. An aneurysm can be effectively treated when it is diagnosed early, but rupture can be fatal in most cases.
     

    Cost of Screening
    For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 225-214-7730

    Are screenings covered by insurance?
    Because this is considered an elective screening, this procedure is not an insurance covered benefit.  We will not bill your insurance for these tests.

    NOTE: A screening is a relatively low-cost test designed to identify normal from abnormal results and to then refer anyone with an abnormal screening result for further evaluation.  Screening tests are paid for by the individual.  There are more sophisticated tests; however, generally these tests are costly and unless there is a reasonable expectation that the test is warranted most
    insurances will not cover the test.

    What to Expect
    The vascular screenings are noninvasive and painless.  It takes about 30 minutes to complete and does not require you to undress for the tests.

    Your Results
    All screenings are reviewed by our board-certified cardiologists and vascular specialists.  

    A final report, along with physician recommendations, will be sent to you in approximately one week. If your doctor determines you are at high risk for vascular disease, he or she may refer you for a more comprehensive evaluation.