Take 30 Minutes for Your Vascular HealthIn the United States, stroke is the third leading cause of death. The appropriate vascular screenings can help you understand your risk for stroke, vascular insufficiency and ruptured aneurysm.
At Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne, the Vascular Screening Program offers health scans that can identify those at risk for stroke. In just 30 minutes, these three screenings can determine your risk.
• Aortic scan: measurement and ultrasonic imaging of your body’s main artery, the abdominal aorta
• Carotid scan: an ultrasound that assesses arteries in the neck, which provide blood supply to the brain
• Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) scan: an evaluation of arterial pressure in the arms and ankles using Doppler ultrasound technology
These screenings are performed and read by registered sonographers and a radiologist who then alert you and your primary care physician of the results. Vascular screenings can help identify areas of concern so you can seek appropriate treatment and reduce your risk of sustaining a debilitating or life-threatening condition.
Undergoing vascular screenings can be especially helpful for people with risk factors for stroke. These factors include:
• A family history of stroke, heart attack, aneurysm or related conditions
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
If you are 55 or older and have any of these risk factors, vascular screenings may help identify your potential for stroke, peripheral arterial disease or abdominal aortic aneurysm.
For more information about vascular screenings at Texas Health Cleburne or to make an appointment, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).