Stroke ScreeningOur Stroke Screening Program is specifically designed to detect vascular abnormalities in patients 40 years of age and older.
The Stroke Screening package includes: An ultrasound of the carotid arteries in the neck, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib), and Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). Individual screenings are also available upon request.
Causes of Stroke
Strokes are caused by blockages in the carotid arteries in the neck that carry blood to the brain. When the blood flow is restricted to the brain, symptoms can occur that may lead to disability, or even death.
Screenings are recommended for everyone that has one or more of the following risk factors:
- Over 40 years of age
- Heart Disease
- High Cholesterol
- Irregular Heart Beat
- High Blood Pressure
- Smoking (past or current)
- Inactive Lifestyle
- Family History
What is Stroke Screening?
Stroke Screenings use ultrasound to detect blockages in the blood vessels.
The first step to prevention is early detection. Screening America’s focus is to bring preventative health care to you by providing Stroke Screenings to your community. These screenings are designed to detect cardiovascular abnormalities in people over the age of 40. By taking an active role in this potentially life saving screening you may prevent a tragedy from occurring. Preventative health screenings are a cost effective way to aid in the management of your health and the well-being of your family.
Why should I have a Stroke Screening?
Screenings are important for everyone. With the evolution of preventative medicine, quality medical screening programs are now available to everyone. Early detection of disease allows for early intervention and treatment. There is no longer a reason to wait for a tragic event to occur…it may be prevented with a screening. Quality screening programs are proven to save lives, and are readily available at an affordable price.
The Stroke Screening Package consists of:
Stroke Screening – Ultrasound is used to image the carotid arteries in the neck to detect blockages that may lead to a stroke.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening (AAA) – This screening looks at abnormal bulging in the wall of the main artery in the abdomen. Abnormal bulging may lead to rupture if not detected. Less than 40% of individuals survive a ruptured aneurysm.
Atrial Fibrillation – A limited ECG (rhythm strip) is performed to detect an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation. The risk of stroke increases five times for those individuals with atrial fibrillation.
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) – This screening looks for blockage in leg arteries that may cause pain in the legs and could lead to amputation. Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) affects about 8 million Americans, and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality.
These screenings should be repeated every 1-2 years.
Individual screenings are also available upon request.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
This screening looks for abnormal bulging in the main artery in the abdomen.
Peripheral Artery Disease Screening
This screening looks for blockage in the blood vessels in the legs that can restrict blood flow and cause pain.
Atrial Fibrillation Screening
This screening looks for an abnormal heart rhythm called Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib).