Do you have a family history of stroke, heart disease or diabetes?
Do you smoke? Are you 55 or older?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be at risk for peripheral vascular disease (PVD).
PVD is one of the most common and dangerous cardiovascular diseases with more than 8 million Americans having this disease.
- Peripheral Vascular Disease is a serious disease the affects millions of Americans over age 50.
- People with PVD have a two to six times greater chance of death from a heart attack or a stroke.
- Every 45 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke.
- PVD increases your chances of blood clots, heart attack, stroke and even death.
Peripheral Vascular Screening
Early signs of cardiovascular disease can be caught and potentially treated before problems occur. A Peripheral Vascular Screening can help determine your risk for cardiovascular heart disease by assessing your risk for peripheral vascular disease (PVD).
This screening is painless, non-invasive and takes about 30-minutes.Testing includes an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, an ultrasound review of carotid arteries and an ankle brachial index, all of which are completed at Chester County Hospital and reviewed by a vascular surgeon.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Scan: An ultrasound scan of the aorta, the body's main artery. The scan can detect the presence of an aneurysm.
Carotid Scan: This scan consists of a quick ultrasound of the carotid arteries in the neck and a blood pressure check for hypertension. This exam can detect one of the most frequent causes of stroke - significant internal carotid artery stenosis.
Ankle Brachial Index: This is a comparison of the blood pressure readings from the arms and legs. This exam can quickly determine if there is an impairment in the circulation to the limbs due to peripheral vascular disease.
The Peripheral Vascular Screening does not require a physician's prescription. The fee is $79 and flexible spending funds can be used to pay for the screening.
To learn more about Peripheral Vascular Screenings at Chester County Hospital or to schedule a screening, call 610.738.2771.
LOCATION AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Penn Heart and Vascular
Chester County Hospital
701 East Marshall Street, 2nd Floor
West Chester, PA 19380
Hours: Weekday mornings 8 to 11:30 am