Many Texas Health hospitals offer a heart and vascular screening program to provide men and women with information about the risk factors for developing peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
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The importance of screening:
The screening evaluation consists of three simple and painless tests that take approximately 30 minutes. Following the tests, you will have a one-on-one appointment with a health care professional to discuss your results. Listed below are the tests that will be performed.
Carotid imaging - This screen consists of a quick ultrasound evaluation of the arteries in the neck, which provide blood to the brain, and determines whether there are blockages in these arteries.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm imaging – This procedure consists of ultrasonic imaging and measurement of the abdominal aorta, the body’s main artery, and can determine whether an aneurysm is present and, if so, measure its size.
Ankle brachial index – A Doppler exam for PAD involves measuring the arterial pressure in the arms and ankles. This exam can identify reduced blood flow in the lower-extremity arteries. An abnormal ABI puts people at higher risk for heart blockage or limb loss.
The cost for this screening is $120. Payment is due at the time of your test. Medicare and some insurance companies do not cover the costs of vascular screenings.
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