Carotid Artery Disease/Stroke Screening
The carotid artery/stroke disease screening procedure is simple, painless and non-invasive. You will be asked to lie on your back on an exam table. After applying gel to your neck, the technologist will move an ultrasound instrument called a transducer on your neck to create images of the carotid arteries and assess the rate of blood flow within them.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is a condition in which the lining of the blood vessel called the aorta is enlarged within the abdomen. Because abdominal aortic aneurysms are likely to tear if they reach 5 centimeters in diameter, monitoring is important for preventing a rupture. A ruptured AAA can cause blood loss, shock, and death.
Screening for Abnormal Heart Rhythms
An electrocardiogram (EKG) measures the electrical current in the heart to detect abnormal heart rhythms. One of the most prevalent irregular rhythms is Atrial Fibrillation, a condition that can cause a stroke. A stroke results from the disruption of adequate blood flow to the brain. Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat) and can cause a clot that travels to the brain where it results in stroke.
An echocardiogram uses sound waves (called ultrasound) to look at the size, shape, and motion of the heart. The test shows:
- Four chambers of the heart
- Heart valves and the walls of the heart
- Blood vessels entering and leaving the heart
- The sac that surrounds the heart
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