Brookings Health System to Offer Vascular Screenings Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning
- July 25, 2012
Starting on Aug. 1, Brookings Health System’s imaging department will offer Inspiring Health Vascular Screenings every Wednesday and Thursday morning from 8 a.m. to noon.
“Vascular diseases, such as stroke, peripheral artery disease, and abdominal aortic aneurysm, are probably the three most serious, non-cardiac related vascular diseases that afflict Americans. Early detection can help prevent life-threatening or long term disabilities,” said Imaging Services Director Tim Watson. “Screening for these diseases provides a good snapshot of what is going on in the blood vessels and may alert patients to follow-up with their physician if abnormal results are found.”
Vascular screening is recommended for anyone over age 55 or anyone over age 40 who has multiple risk factors, including:
- Family history of heart disease or stroke
- History of smoking
- High blood pressure
- High stress levels
- Inactive lifestyle
- High cholesterol
The screening will consist of three separate exams:
- Carotid Ultrasound: scans for the build-up of fatty blockages, or plaque, in the carotid arteries in the neck. This condition may lead to a stroke.
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: scans for a ballooning of the wall of the abdominal aorta, or aneurysm, which may rupture and be fatal. Many people do not know they have this condition.
- Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD): uses the Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) to check for blockages, narrowing, and plaque buildup in the leg arteries. Abnormal results may indicate a high risk for coronary artery and peripheral arterial disease.
Physician referral is not required for the screening. Each exam takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and costs $40. Patients may take advantage of all three screenings at the same appointment for a discounted price of $100. Payment is required at the time of the screening.
Inspiring Health Vascular Screenings will be performed by a registered vascular technologist; results will be interpreted by board-certified radiologists. All screening results will be mailed to the patient. Patients who have abnormal screening results will be encouraged to meet with their personal physician for follow-up.
To schedule an appointment for one of the upcoming Inspiring Health Vascular Screenings, please call (605) 696-8888.
About Brookings Health System
Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed Brookview Manor nursing home, and Brookhaven Estates apartments. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock medical-nursing care for patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.