Vascular & CT Heart Screening - Each Screening Only $50
The vascular and CT heart screenings offered by Stillwater Medical are painless tests designed to assess your risk for cardiovascular diseases. These screenings can find problems early before they can be detected by blood and stress tests...and before they turn into life-threatening conditions.
There is no physician's order required for vascular and CT heart screenings. Vascular Screenings are recommended for people with one or more of the following risk factors:
• Over 40
• High Blood Pressure
• High Blood Cholesterol
• A family history of atherosclerotic problems and circulatory problems
Schedule your screening by calling 405.742.5622
Below is a brief explanation of each vascular screening exam and why it may be a valuable tool in saving your life.
Carotid Artery Screening
The carotid artery exam screens for plaque build-up in the main arteries that supply the brain with blood. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted by a burst vessel or clogged artery. More than 50% of stroke victims have no warning signs. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the US and the leading cause of disability in adults, responsible for the majority of nursing home admissions. About 700,000 people suffer strokes each year.
Aortic Aneurysm Screening
The aortic aneurysm occurs when the walls of an artery weaken and the pressure from within causes the walls to bulge outward. If the walls bulge too much, rupture can occur. The aortic aneurysm screen looks for these bulges. Most patients experience no symptoms until a rupture nears. According to the American Vascular Association, more than 15,000 Americans die from ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms each year.
Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a vascular condition in which the arteries supplying blood to the lower extremities become narrowed or clogged by plaque. Not only does this cause leg pain, but it is also a very strong indicator of coronary artery disease. However, about 50 percent of people with PAD do not have any symptoms at all. Those who have PAD have a 2-3 times greater risk for stroke and four times the increased risk for heart attack. The Peripheral Artery Disease scan is an exam that quickly determines if there is any impairment in the circulation to the limbs and can identify blockages in the leg arteries.
Calcium Scoring Exam
Build up of coronary plaque (calcium deposits) in the arteries is a major risk factor for a heart attack. There are often no warning signs of a heart attack, and they can occur in people whose arteries are 30% - 50% blocked. A Calcium Scoring Exam is a CT scan of coronary vessels, viewing hard plaque build-up (not soft plaque or mixed plaque) in coronary arteries.
Presence of coronary plaque puts you at risk of coronary heart disease. But coronary heart disease can be prevented and reversed if diagnosed and treated early enough.