Early detection and treatment of vascular disease can significantly reduce the risk for serious, sometimes disabling, or even fatal conditions like limb loss or stroke. That’s why UVA Heart and Vascular Center offers at-risk, asymptomatic patients easy access to comprehensive vascular screening.
This screening is now offered weekly at the UVA Vascular Screening Clinic at three UVA clinic locations:
- Heart and Vascular Center at Northridge
- UVA Specialty Care Augusta Cardiology and Vascular
- Zion Crossroads Primary and Specialty Care
What Does a Vascular Screening Involve?
“The screening process is a non-painful ultrasound,” explains UVA Health System vascular surgeon Gilbert Upchurch, MD. “They are non-invasive tests that are done rapidly and relatively inexpensively, and they will give you a good snapshot of what your cardiovascular health risks are.”
In a single visit, you will receive three non-invasive tests to screen for:
- Carotid atherosclerosis
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
Initial test results will be available immediately, with a final reading by our skilled team of vascular specialists. The cost is $99 for all three tests. (Insurance does not cover vascular screening for those not experiencing symptoms.) No referral is necessary.
Should I Be Screened for Vascular Disease?
Yes, if you are not experiencing symptoms of vascular disease but are:
- 65 or older
- 50 or older with cardiovascular risk factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol
- Have a family history of stroke or abdominal aortic aneurysm or
- 45 or older for whom an abnormal finding would prompt changes to lifestyle practices or medical care
Make An Appointment
If you are at risk for vascular disease, call 434.924.0389 to schedule your vascular screening
Join UVA Heart and Vascular Center experts for a brief panel discussion and question and answer session to learn more about PAD, how it’s treated and how to reduce your risk.