Why Is Screening For Vascular Disease Important?
Vascular Screening is important because Vascular Disease places patients at a higher risk of stroke, heart attack, and early death if the underlying condition, atherosclerosis, is not recognized and treated. It is especially important to know that MOST vascular disease is asymptomatic, that is, there are NO warning symptoms until the disease is far advanced.
Vascular Disease in a Carotid artery causing more than 60% narrowing places an individual at a higher risk for stroke. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the US. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) if present is associated with twice the rate of death due to coronary heart disease, and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) when enlarged may burst, leading to a high-rate of death (80-90% of those who have an aneurysm burst die even with medical care due to the complications of internal bleeding).
AAA is the 13th leading cause of death in the U.S. MOST vascular disease is asymptomatic, that is, there are NO warnings until the disease is far advanced. Thus Vascular Screening, depending upon your risk status, may be appropriate to help recognize disease early in those at risk.