$29 Heart Screening Test for Prevention & Early Detection
Finding problems early can add years to your life and help you enjoy better health. Unfortunately, most insurance plans won’t cover screening tests without symptoms.
That’s why The Christ Hospital offers an affordable heart and vascular screening for prevention and early detection. It costs only $29. It’s non-invasive (no instruments will be inserted in your body), pain-free and takes just 20 minutes.
You may qualify for the screening if you:
Are age 60 or older
Are age 50-59 with one or more of the following risk factors:
High blood pressure
History of smoking
Prior heart disease or heart surgery
Family history of vascular disease, including:
Abdominal aortic aneurysms
High blood pressure
Sudden cardiac death
Our heart and vascular screening includes three quick tests that can diagnose:
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) - This occurs when an area of the aorta enlarges or balloons. The aorta is the main blood vessel supply to the abdomen, pelvis and legs.
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) - An irregular and often very fast heartbeat that can lead to heart-related complications.
Carotid artery disease – Carotid arteries provide blood to your brain. They can become narrowed or blocked and lead to a stroke.
Peripheral arterial disease/PAD –This condition involves poor blood flow in the arteries in the legs.
Abdominal and carotid artery screening
For these ultrasound tests, you will lie on your back on an exam table. The vascular sonographer (ultrasound specialist) will apply a small amount of clear gel to your abdomen and/or neck. An ultrasound wand is moved painlessly over the area to acquire images and assess blood flow.
To prepare for these tests, you must eat a light meal the night before, then fast (not eat) for six hours prior to your test. Take your medications with water. On the day of your test, please wear a loose open-collar shirt or blouse.
Peripheral vascular screening
While you are on the exam table, the sonographer will use blood pressure cuffs and a special Doppler ultrasound wand to measure the pressures in each arm, and in the arteries of both ankles.
Atrial (upper chambers of the heart) screening
Advanced electrocardiogram (EKG) [link to Health Library] technology checks for electrical issues with your heart by just the touch of your hand.
The results of your screening will be reviewed by one of our renowned heart and vascular specialists. We’ll send a final report to both you and your referring doctor within a few days of your screening.
Make an appointment today
Call 513-585-2668 to schedule your screening, or schedule your vascular screening online. (You'll be promted to make a selection in our online scheduling tool. Choose Cardiology, then Vascular Screening.)
Patient Success Stories
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