Vascular screening is a simple, quick, painless test to detect silent vascular diseases that can lead to serious health problems and death.
What is vascular disease?
Vascular disease prevents blood from flowing properly through the circulatory system. It involves the arteries, which carry blood away from the heart to other parts of the body; and it involves the veins, which carry blood back to the heart. Often, vascular disease has no obvious signs or symptoms. For this reason, it is known as a silent disease.
Healthy blood vessels have smooth, supple inner walls that expand and contract, allowing blood to flow freely through them. When plaque — a substance comprised of calcium, fat, cholesterol, cell waste, and fibrin — begins building up inside the vessels, it can narrow and harden the vessels (a condition known as atherosclerosis) and reduce or prevent blood from flowing through them.
Vascular disease can occur in the vessels supplying blood to your heart (coronary arteries), including the aorta — the largest blood vessel in the body. It also can occur in the blood vessels in your neck (the carotid arteries) that supply blood to your brain. Vascular disease also can affect blood vessels in your arms and legs.
Approximately 30 million Americans are at risk for serious problems from vascular disease, including:
Each of these conditions has serious health implications. For example, peripheral artery disease can lead to disability, amputation, and death. Stroke and aneurysms also can cause long-term disability and death.
What causes vascular disease?
Researchers believe there usually is more than 1 cause for vascular disease. Studies show that plaque begins developing during childhood, with blockages forming in adulthood. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and a family history of circulatory problems and atherosclerosis can contribute to vascular disease. Smoking also can increase the odds for vascular disease.
You are at risk and should be screened for vascular disease if you:
Finding Vascular Disease Early Can Prevent Serious Health Problems and Save Your Life!
The good news is that vascular disease can be treated effectively, especially when it is found in its early stages. With a painless, 10-minute screening, you can help prevent strokes, aneurysms, and peripheral arterial disease.
Summit Medical Group offers 3 types of vascular screening.
Registered vascular technologists perform the state-of-the-art ultrasound screenings
in an accredited vascular laboratory.
Our board-certified vascular surgeon will review your results,
which are available immediately.
For more information or to schedule an appointment for your vascular screening,
please call Summit Medical Group Vascular Screenings today at