Vascular Screenings

Med Center Health offers three non-invasive, painless screenings that look for the most common vascular risks: Stroke, Aortic Aneurysm, and Lower Extremity Peripheral Arterial Disease.

The cost is $35 for each screening or all three screenings for $90. For members of The Medical Center’s Senior Health Network, The Women’s Center or Men’s Health Alliance programs, the cost is $80 for all three. Cash or check accepted. Screenings are not covered by insurance.

Carotid Ultrasound

  • Detects stroke risk.
  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death.
  • A screening scan of the carotid arteries in the neck will detect plaque build-up, which causes 33% of strokes. 

Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound

  •  Detects Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.
  • Tenth leading cause of death in males over the age of 55.
  • The vast majority of aneurysms cause no symptoms until rupture.
  • A painless scan of the abdomen is performed. 

Ankle/Brachial Index

  • Detects Lower Extremity Peripheral Artery Disease.
  • Disease affects 20-30 million Americans, which may cause pain when walking
  • Severe cases eventually may lead to amputation.
  • A quick and painless test measures the blood flow in the legs to detect blockage in the arteries. 

A vascular technician with Med Center Health Heart, Lung & Vascular Surgeons performs the screenings and reviews all results immediately on-site. The results are then reviewed by a board-certified vascular surgeon, and a report is sent to you and your physician.

Who should undergo vascular screening tests? 

  • Over the age of 50 
  • Present or past smokers 
  • History of heart disease 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity 
  • High Cholesterol 
  • Positive family history of strokes, aortic aneurysm, or heart disease 

How should I prepare? 

  • Avoid wearing turtlenecks or high collar sweaters for Carotid Ultrasound. 
  • Take nothing by mouth 4 – 8 hours before Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Ultrasound. 
  • Ankles and feet will need to be accessible for Peripheral Artery Ultrasound. 
  • Allow 10 to 15 minutes for each exam.