You’ve heard about vascular screening, and you wonder what it is all about. You want to know if it is something that can help you. As with all types of screening, you can look at vascular screening as a preventative measure to stave off potential problems in the future.
It can also be used as a diagnostic tool, pinpointing an underlying problem that you did not know existed. Either way, vascular screening is a valuable resource that can help you stay on top of your health.
Whether you voluntarily choose to have vascular screening or a doctor has recommended it, it is in your best interests to follow through.
What is the Purpose of Vascular Screening?
The main goal of vascular screening is to pinpoint any blockages in your arteries or a build-up of plaque in your arteries. It helps our doctor to see exactly what is going on in your circulatory system, something that is hidden from view.
Who is a Candidate for Vascular Screening?
It is usually recommended for those who have a family history of vascular problems, including a high risk for stroke, aneurysms, blockages of the carotid artery or aortic abdominal aneurysms.
If you have had a blood clot or our doctor considers you to be a candidate for potential problems with your vascular system, vascular screening may be advised.
You can inquire about screening yourself if you know that there is a history of problems in your family. Your current condition may be a reason to have a screening as well if you are overweight, smoke or have had issues in the past.
It’s important to realize that vascular conditions can affect those who appear to be in the best of health. They are silent killers. It is proactive to move forward with vascular screening.
What to Expect During Vascular Screening
An ultrasound is most commonly used for screening to review a number of areas. The test takes little of your time and could save your life or spare you from permanent disabilities caused by a vascular condition. It’s a simple step that you can take to take care of yourself.
Schedule an Appointment
Serving the Miami and Brickell areas, Miami Vein Center proudly offers vascular screening. If you feel that you are a candidate for vascular screening, make an appointment to discuss the procedure with board certified vascular surgeon Dr. Almeida.
If you are over 55, it may be recommended as a precautionary measure. Otherwise, if you are as young as 40 and work in a very stressful job or have any of the risk factors associated with vascular conditions, it’s time to consider this procedure.
The test is simple, and it certainly can’t hurt to be safe instead of sorry when it comes to your well-being. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!