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Vascular Screenings

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

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 and eventually may lead to amputation. A quick and painless test measures the blood flow in the legs to detect blockage in the arteries.

The Heart Institute’s vascular technician performs the screenings and reviews all results immediately on-site. The results are then sent to a board certified vascular surgeon at The Heart Institute for verification, and a report is sent to you and your physician.

Call (270) 796-3330 for appointment and further information.

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.

Who should undergo vascular screening tests?

  • Anyone over the age of 50
  • Present or past smokers
  • History of heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • 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.