July 24, 2011
KCH Offers Vascular Screenings in August as Part of Wellness Program
A new KCH wellness program launched in the Spring now invites area residents to take part in Vascular Screenings.
Vascular Screenings are done via ultrasound and blood pressure readings. They look for carotid artery disease (CAD), peripheral artery disease (PAD), and abdominal aortic aneurysms, three of the more serious non-cardiac, vascular diseases that affect Americans and produce the most potential for death and disability.
Carotid Artery disease typically occurs when the carotid arteries, the main blood vessels to the brain, develop a build-up of plaque caused by arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. When the build-up becomes severe, it can cause a stroke, which can be fatal or permanently disabling. However, if carotid artery disease is detected and treated, strokes can be prevented.
PAD is a blockage in circulation to the arms or legs due to arteriosclerosis or other diseases that may threaten the limbs. People with PAD are three times more likely to die of heart attacks and strokes than those without this disease. With early detection, vascular disease can be treated.
Abdominal aortic aneurysms occur when the wall of the aorta, the main artery in the chest and abdomen, progressively weakens. This causes a dilation of the vessel. If not diagnosed and treated, the aneurysm may grow larger and eventually rupture. A ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm is the tenth leading cause of death in men over the age of 50 in the US.
These three vascular screens are being offered for one $95 fee. Vascular Screenings will be offered throughout August and December.
The screens in the new KCH wellness series are non-invasive and painless. They are offered on a self-pay basis at various times throughout the year. The screens are to identify potential health issues before symptoms, enhancing options for treatment. Individuals decide what might be of interest based on family history or wanting more information about their current health status.
Digital Mammography Screens will be available in October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Lung CT Screenings in November at reduced rates.
Call KCH Diagnostic Imaging at 814-837-4580 to make an appointment or ask about screens in the series. If calling outside the area, call toll free 1-800-565-9200 and ask for extension 4580.
The day of the screen, go to registration and pay by check or credit card. Both the individual and his or her doctor get the results of the screens. This is very important because the validity of any test results can only be assessed properly when reviewed by a physician in conjunction with one's medical history and other contributing factors.
Brittany McElhattan, RDMS RVT, with Ultrasound machine that is key for vascular screening.