April 3, 2012
KCH Offers Vascular Screenings in April as Part of Wellness Program
KCH's Imaging Wellness Program offers area residents the opportunity to have Vascular Screenings during four months each year.
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 during the month of April. (Vascular screenings are also offered in August, December, January).
The screens in the KCH wellness series are non-invasive and painless. They are offered on a self-pay basis. 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.
Also part of the reduced rate wellness screening series are: cardiac scoring in February, full body bone density screenings in May and September, digital mammography in October, and Lung CT screenings in November.
To schedule a screening or get more information, call KCH Diagnostic Imaging at 814-837-4580. If calling outside the area, call toll free 1-800-565-9200 and ask for extension 4580.
On the day of your screening, 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.