Vascular Screening

Pueblo Vein Center

Vein Surgery Center located in Pueblo, CO

In addition to evaluating vein problems, our Vascular Lab performs vascular screening, which is a non-invasive way to catch blockages in arteries and other problems while you still have time to prevent serious health problems. At Pueblo Vein Center in Pueblo, Colorado, Gary E. Lane, MD, FACS, offers noninvasive vascular arterial screening on Saturdays periodically throughout the year. Because it is a screening, you do not need a referral and it is not something covered by insurance, however is very moderately priced. Pueblo Vein Center is IAC accredited to perform vascular ultrasounds, which means their ultrasound results meet the highest quality standards. To learn whether you need vascular screening, call the office — the team is available to answer your questions. You can also schedule your visit to Pueblo Vein Center using online booking.

Vascular Screening Q & A

Pueblo Vein Center

Why do I need vascular screening?

Vascular screening is an essential part of your preventive health care because many vascular diseases don’t have symptoms until you experience a catastrophic event.

That may sound serious, but the fact is that you can have a narrowing or blockages in your arteries for years before it interferes with blood flow enough to cause symptoms. These blockages can lead to stroke, heart attack and or the lack of blood flow to many organs and other parts of the body.

The goal of all preventive health care, including vascular arterial screening, is to find a health problem before it causes symptoms, while you can get treatment before it reaches a critical point.

 

When should I get a vascular screening?

The best way to determine whether you should get a vascular screening is to call and speak with a member of our staff. They can ask a few questions to point you in the right direction.

As a general guideline, you should consider vascular arterial screening if you’re between the ages of 50-75, you were or are a smoker, or you have a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysms. However, many patients need vascular arterial screening if they have worrisome symptoms or any of these risk factors:

  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Obesity

You should also consider vascular arterial screening if you or a family member have a history of vascular aneurysms, atherosclerotic disease, or cerebrovascular disease.

 

What tests will I receive during vascular screening?

When you come to Pueblo Vein Center for diagnostic vascular services, you can count on receiving individualized attention and the highest-quality care. Their vascular lab consistently meets the standards required to maintain IAC accreditation, which means that the quality and accuracy of their diagnostic ultrasounds are excellent.

The noninvasive ultrasound tests used for vascular screening are ankle-brachial indexes and ultrasounds:

Ankle-brachial index

This is a quick test that uses inflatable pressure cuffs to assess blood flow in your legs and arms. The ankle-brachial index checks for peripheral artery disease (PAD) by comparing the blood pressure in your ankle with that in your arm and measures the arterial circulation in the legs.

Carotid Ultrasound

This ultrasound checks the arteries that supply blood flow to your brain.

Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound

This ultrasound checks for the presence of an aneurysm that could lead to a ruptured Aorta.

Vascular screening is offered on Saturdays periodically throughout the year. To learn more, call Pueblo Vein Center or schedule an appointment online today.