Vascular screening combines three tests to check for risk of aneurysm, stroke and vascular disease
Vascular disease is the reduced circulation of blood to a body part caused by a narrowed or blocked artery or other blood vessel. Stroke, aneurysms and kidney failure are examples of conditions that can be caused by inefficient blood flow. Fortunately, screenings are available to recognize vascular disease early so circulatory conditions can be treated.
If you are age 55 or older and meet the screening criteria, vascular screening may be recommended. Three tests are included in our $99 vascular screening package, and they include:
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening
An abdominal aortic aneurysm screening uses ultrasound to check for weakness in the walls of the aorta, the body's largest artery. The aorta takes blood from the heart and through the chest and belly before dividing into the two main arteries that supply blood to your legs. If the walls of that artery weaken, the artery can balloon out, causing the risk of rupture, which often leads to death. When this occurs below the chest and near the belly, it's called an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Peripheral Artery Disease screening
Our peripheral artery disease screening measures your ankle brachial index. The index compares the blood pressure in your lower legs to the blood pressure in your arms. When compared to the arm, a lower blood pressure reading in the leg is an indication of blocked arteries or peripheral artery disease.
Carotid Artery Disease screening
The carotid artery screening provides ultrasound images of the two carotid arteries located on each side of the neck. It checks for narrowing or clogging of these arteries caused by plaque buildup, which can lead to a stroke.
Is vascular screening right for you?
You may be a good candidate for vascular screening if you age 55 or older with other risk factors for vascular disease, including:
When are the results available?
You will receive a copy of your preliminary results at the time of your screening. This document is yours to keep and you are encouraged to take it to your physician for discussion. The official results will be reviewed by a board-certified vascular physician and posted in MyChart for ProHealth Care patients who have an active MyChart account.
How much does the screening cost?
The fee for the screening is $99. Payment is due at the time of your appointment. Medicare and most insurance companies do not cover the cost of the vascular screenings included in this specially priced package. The cost may be an eligible expense through your flexible spending account.
How to schedule a screening
Our vascular screening is available at the three locations listed below. To schedule an appointment at one of the locations, call 262-928-3000.
2085 North Calhoun Road, Brookfield
ProHealth Medical Group at D. N. Greenwald Center
240 W. Maple Avenue
ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital
725 American Avenue, Waukesha
PLEASE NOTE: A physician referral is not required to schedule this screening. However, you must have a primary care physician in the event follow-up care is needed. If you do not have a primary care physician, our physician referral specialists can assist you. Call 262-928-2745.