An estimated 20 to 30 million Americans are at risk for various vascular diseases, including stroke, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), carotid artery disease and aortic aneurysms.
Early detection can save your life.
In most cases, with early detection, vascular disease can be treated effectively. There are several simple screening tests that detect these problems, all of which are non-invasive and painless.
The Maryland Heart and Vascular Center's Non-Invasive Laboratory is always open and available to the more than 700 patients we screen and treat per month. A full range of non-invasive tests are available at the Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory, including tests for:
- Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
- Aortic Aneurysms
- Cerebrovascular Disease
- Deep Venous Thrombosis (blood clots in the veins that can travel to the lungs)
- Renal Artery Disease (circulatory disorders of the kidney)
- Chronic Venous Diseases (such as varicose veins)
Who should be screened for vascular disease?
Screening is useful in certain high-risk groups in the elderly population. Anyone over the age of 55-60 has a higher risk of atherosclerosis and therefore would have a greater chance of developing vascular disease. Other well recognized risk factors include:
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
- Family history of atherosclerotic problems and circulatory problems