Ultrasound screenings are non-invasive studies of the carotid arteries, aorta and leg vessels to aid in the detection of potentially life-threatening conditions or pre-stroke symptoms. Four ultrasound screenings are available at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System:
- Carotid Artery: scans carotid arteries in the neck for plaque build-up, which can lead to stroke.
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: scans for abdominal aneurysms most people don't know they have. Abdominal aneurysms can rupture and possibly be fatal.
- Peripheral Arterial: scans for plaque build-up in the legs that causes leg pain and is linked to coronary artery disease. The study checks the ankle brachial index blood pressure that could indicate a higher risk of r peripheral arterial disease.
- Heart Rhythm: A test using EKG electrodes are placed on the chest to identify the presence of an abnormal rhythm.
Each of the scans takes less than 15 minutes to perform.
Why is Ultrasound Screening Important?Over age 40
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the number one cause of disability. Many people who suffer a stroke had no warning prior to it. The artery blockage can be a progressive, silent condition that causes stroke. It can be treatable and detecting your risk can be accomplished with ultrasound screenings at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System. Aortic aneurysm is a common cause of death in patients with high blood pressure. Often, it is silent and can rupture spontaneously.
Are You at Risk?
If you have two or more of the following risk factors, consider ultrasound screening:
Family history of heart disease or stroke
History of smoking
High blood pressure
High stress levels
Is Ultrasound Screening Safe?
Yes. There are no known complications to ultrasound imaging.
How Much Does it Cost?
This screening is done as part of the Stroke Screen package offered by Prairie Lakes Healthcare System. The cost is $45. Learn more. Payment is required at the time of the screening. No doctor referral is needed. Both Men and Women 40-75 years of age are eligible for Stroke Screen. Anyone under 40 years of age must have a physician order to participate.
How Does Ultrasound Screening Work?
Ultrasound screening is a painless, non-invasive procedure. The patient lies on a bed during the entire process. The technologist applies an acoustic gel to the skin and a transducer is moved over the neck and abdominal area to visualize the carotids or aorta. Blood pressure cuffs are applied to the ankles and arms for the peripheral vascular screening.
Who is Involved in the Ultrasound?To schedule Stroke Screen, call Prairie Lakes at 882-7690.
The ultrasound studies are performed at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System by a certified ultrasound technologist who has vascular training. The ultrasound exam is then interpreted by a board-certified radiologist. The Prairie Lakes Radiology Department is fully accredited and the healthcare professionals involved in the ultrasound screenings are experienced and knowledgeable in their field. You can be assured your ultrasound screening is performed under strict guidelines in the safety of a full-service hospital environment.