Heart disease and stroke can be prevented, detected, and treated – that’s the good news. However, most people don’t take the opportunity to get screened. Typically, during these screenings, 5- 10% percent of people looked at can have signs of vascular conditions, including blocked carotid arteries, aortic aneurysms and PAD. Most people never know they have a problem.
Vascular disease outside of the heart – in the carotid arteries in the neck, the aorta, the arteries in the legs and arms or veins – is similar to heart disease in the sense it is caused by atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) of the arteries or venus insufficiency (poorly functioning veins). The potential severity of these diseases is significant. It can lead to hospitalization, severe disability long term and can even be fatal. With early detection, most vascular disease cases can be treated effectively. There are several simple ultrasound screening tests that detect these problems, all of which are non-invasive and painless.