Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a serious vascular disease that can lead to stroke, heart attack or sudden death. Millions of Americans are at risk and most don't even know it. There are no warning signs for PAD, but we can detect it with a quick, painless vascular screening at UI Heart and Vascular Center.
UI Heart and Vascular Center offers three simple, non-invasive tests to detect PAD.
Carotid Artery Ultrasound
This ultrasound looks for blockages or narrowing of the arteries in the neck. This detects plaque that can lead to a stroke.
Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound
An ultrasound of the abdomen looks for weaknesses or enlargement of the abdominal aorta; this is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). The majority of people with AAA have no symptoms. If a rupture occurs, the mortality rate is as high as 80 percent.
This screening uses cuffs to measure the blood pressure on your arms and ankles and can detect narrowing or blockages of your leg arteries. It checks for PAD of the legs.
Who Should Be Screened?
Men and women ages 50 and older with the following risk factors:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Family history of stroke, AAA, or heart or vascular disease
If you think you might be at risk, call 319-356-2777 to schedule your test.
The screening package is $95. Tests are not covered by insurance but are eligible for reimbursement from your flexible spending account.