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Bryan Health Mobile Vascular Screenings October 1

September 03, 2013

McCook, Nebraska—Bryan Health will provide mobile vascular disease screenings on Tuesday, October 1 in McCook. Bryan Health mobile screening bus will be in Community Hospital’s front parking lot to perform carotid artery ultrasound screenings, abdominal aortic ultrasound screenings, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) screenings and atrial fibrillation (AF or afib) screenings.

Cost is $110 for all four screenings, which is payable to Bryan Health at the appointment. Prices for the separate screenings are listed below. Appointments are necessary by calling Community Hospital’s Surgical and Orthopedic Clinic at 308-344-8376. These screening exams are not covered by insurance, but can be reimbursed by medical flex spending accounts.

Risk factors for arterial disease include high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking history, those age 55 and above and heart disease.

Carotid Artery Ultrasound Screening: Cost is $40

This painless, noninvasive screening detects plaque deposits in the carotid arteries. These plaque deposits are a leading risk factor for stroke. Bryan Health registered vascular technologists will screen individuals and results will be read by a Bryan Health vascular surgeon.

The carotid artery is the major blood vessel in the neck that carries blood to the brain. Carotid artery disease is a progressive disease which involves the build up of fatty material and plaque in the carotid arteries, reducing the blood flow through the arteries to the brain, which can lead to a stroke.

Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound Screening: Cost is $40

This painless, noninvasive screening detects the presence of an aneurysm in the abdominal aorta. Bryan Health registered vascular technologists will screen individuals and results will be read by a Bryan Health vascular surgeon.

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Screening: Cost is $20

Peripheral Artery Disease or PAD affects about 8 million Americans and is caused by a narrowing or blockage in the blood vessels feeding the pelvis and legs. A painless, noninvasive test called the ankle-brachial index (ABI) compares the blood pressure in the ankles to the blood pressure in the arms to determine how well blood is flowing.

Atrial Fibrillation (AF or a-fib) Screening: Cost is $10

Atrial fibrillation is the most common irregular heart rhythm, affecting 2.2 million Americans. A-fib is caused by the top two chamber of your heart (atria) beating in an unorganized manner not in sync with the bottom two chambers (ventricles).

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