When it comes to vascular health, patients should be proactive. Vascular screenings are a great way to detect problems early and prevent them from advancing.
What Is Vascular Screening?
Vascular screenings are designed to identify problems with the blood vessels in the body. They’re often non-invasive, painless and can be performed in a doctor’s office. These screenings may involve tests such as an ankle-brachial index (ABI) test, which compares the blood pressure in the ankle to the blood pressure in the arm, or a vascular ultrasound, which uses sound waves to evaluate blood vessels and circulation.
One of the main benefits of vascular screenings is that they can help detect and prevent serious vascular health conditions such as abdominal aortic aneurysm and peripheral artery disease (PAD), early on. Many vascular conditions like PAD do not have noticeable symptoms until they have progressed to an advanced stage.
By catching these conditions early, individuals can begin treatment before they become more serious and potentially irreversible. For example, a screening may uncover major risk factors for these conditions, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Individuals can then take steps to manage them and reduce their risk of developing more serious health problems.
When Should You Get a Vascular Screening?
Patients should get screened if they have multiple risk factors or a family history of vascular disease. It’s recommended that these tests are performed every 3-5 years. For people with type 1 diabetes, they should start getting screened at the age of 30.
Some of the risk factors for vascular disease include:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- History of smoking
- Poor diet
- Certain genetic disorders
How Can Vascular Associates of South Alabama Help?
The physicians at Vascular Associates of South Alabama perform vascular screenings using a multitude of tests like vascular ultrasounds at our on-site endovascular lab in Mobile, AL. They use the most advanced technology to obtain accurate and reliable results about your vascular health.
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