Schneck offering vascular screening package

Schneck Medical Center in Seymour now offers a vascular screening package.

The package consists of three tests proven to be accurate in detecting vascular disease before the onset of active warning signs or a major medical incident such as a stroke or sudden aneurysm rupture.

The noninvasive, painless tests include:

  • Stroke/carotid artery screening ultrasound scan of the carotid arteries that screens for buildup of fatty plaque, the leading cause of strokes.
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening ultrasound scan that screens for the existence of an aneurysm (enlargement) in the abdominal aorta that could lead to a rupture.
  • Peripheral arterial disease screening screens for peripheral arterial disease (plaque buildup) in the lower extremities. Individuals are four to five times more likely to die from heart disease if they have peripheral arterial disease.

Almost everyone knows about heart disease, the importance of prevention, detection and treatment and the huge impact it has on people’s health, but they know very little about vascular disease outside the heart, according to a news release from the hospital.

An estimated 20 to 30 million Americans are at risk for various vascular diseases, including stroke, peripheral arterial disease, carotid artery disease and aortic aneurysms. And according to research, vascular disease outside the heart causes almost as much death and disability as heart disease and more than any cancer.

The cost for the package of three tests is $69, which includes the technical and physician fees for interpretation, and must be paid for by the patient at the time of testing.

To schedule a screening, call 812-522-0433.