Arterial Life Saving Screens at LRH
American Heart Association research shows that one in three Americans has one or more type of cardiovascular disease. Lakes Regional Healthcare (LRH) now offers Arterial Life Saving Screens to help people identify their risk for cardiovascular disease early, before an event such as a heart attack or stroke occur.
The screening package includes four screens, costs $50, and takes less than an hour to complete. The first screen is an ultrasound exam that shows plaque build-up in the carotid arteries, which are the main blood suppliers to the brain, and assesses the risk for stroke. The second screen is also an ultrasound exam that shows if the aorta (the largest artery in the body) is weakened and enlarged, leading to Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. A ruptured aorta can cause blood loss, shock, and death. The third screen takes blood pressures on the upper arms and ankles to check for blockages in the legs and detect Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), also known as hardening of the arteries. People with PAD have an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. The fourth screen is a total cholesterol test. Optimal levels of cholesterol are necessary for proper body cell function. However, cholesterol can build up, eventually narrowing or blocking the arteries and causing atherosclerosis, which is a condition responsible for 97% of heart attacks.
All screens are done by ultrasound or a blood draw and have absolutely no radiation exposure. Additionally, a board certified radiologist reviews all the results to determine if they are within normal or abnormal ranges. These results are then sent to the patient within 10 days. LRH Radiology Manager Tracy Evans said, This is a great screening package that gives you and your physician a lot of information for only $50. Its a proactive way to know the specific steps you should take to improve or take charge of your overall cardiovascular health.
Anyone that has two or more of these conditions may benefit from the Arterial Life Saving Screening package:
Over 40-years old
More than 20 pounds overweight
Family history of stroke
High blood pressure
Family history of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Those interested in more information or in making an appointment are encouraged to call the Radiology Department at LRH at 712-336-8658.