A Half Hour for Your HeartYour heart is there for you every day while you live, work and play. Shouldn’t you take some time out to see how it’s doing?
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville offers vascular screenings so you and your loved ones can assess your current risk of heart disease and stroke. People who should undergo vascular screenings include those older than age 55 with:
• Family history of heart disease or stroke
• High cholesterol
• High blood pressure
• History of tobacco use
Registered sonographers perform all tests, and screenings typically take 30 minutes and consist of these three short scans:
• Aortic scan, which uses ultrasonic imaging to view the main artery in the body. This test assesses an individual’s risk of cardiovascular disease.
• Carotid scans, which view the arteries in the brain via ultrasound. This test examines an individual’s risk of experiencing a stroke.
• Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) scan, which assesses blood flow in the arms and legs. When blood flow decreases in the arms and legs, it can lead to PAD, which could cause circulation problems or disability.
To find vascular screenings near you or to make an appointment, visit TexasHealth.org or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).