LifeScreen Vascular Screening
WHAT IS LIFESCREEN?
LifeScreen tests offered at Palo Alto County Hospital are a set of three non-invasive, pain-free tests that can help identify if you are at risk of a stroke or heart attack.
SCREENING FOR STROKE
The leading cause of stroke is fatty plaque build up in the carotid arteries, which blocks adequate blood flow to the brain. The carotid arteries are the main blood supply to the brain and travel up each side of the neck. The screening is not meant for those who are having stroke symptoms, but rather a screening to visualize the presence of plaque and changes in blood flow in the carotid arteries. Carotid/Stroke results are reported as one of four categories (Normal, Mild, Moderate, Significant) with the recommended follow-up.
Seek medical attention immediately if you are having stroke symptoms (arm, leg, or facial weakness or numbness, sudden vision or speech disturbances or episodes of blacking out). Early medical attention when experiencing a stroke is extremely important for improving your outcomes.
ABDOMINAL AORTiC ANEURYSM
The aorta is the largest artery in the body. It runs from the heart through the trunk of the body. Medical conditions such as high blood pressure and fatty plaque build-up can weaken the walls of the aorta, causing an enlargement called an aneurysm. Aneurysms are likely to rupture when they reach a certain size causing blood loss, shock and possible death. An aneurysm can occur in any section of the aorta, but they are most common in the abdomen (belly). The screening uses ultrasound to measure the size of the aorta and check for dilation.
PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a condition in which fatty plaque builds up in the arteries that lead to the arms and legs. This condition can interfere with circulation and may cause pain, increase risk for heart attacks and strokes, and in severe cases amputation. A test measuring blood pressure in your arms and legs is used to detect PAD.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
Scheduling appointments will begin September 2012. To schedule an appointment call the Palo Alto County Hospital Radiology Department at 712-852-5416
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO PRIOR TO THE EXAM?
It is recommended that you eat light the day of the exam for optimal visualization.
HOW LONG DO THE SCREENINGS TAKE?
Each screening exam will take about 30 minutes.
WHERE DO I GO?
You can report directly to the Radiology Department at Palo Alto County Hospital. If you need assistance finding the Radiology department, please stop at Hospital Registration.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THE EXAM?
You will be asked to remove your shoes and socks and lie down on the table. A warm gel is applied to your neck and abdomen and the technologist takes images and measurements using ultrasound. Blood pressure cuffs are placed around your upper arms and ankles. The process is painless.
WHAT IS THE COST?
All three screening exams are performed together for $75. The Radiology department will collect payment at the time of service
HOW WILL I GET RESULTS?
A Radiologist will interpret all of the information and results will be mailed directly to you. Your results will also be kept in the Radiology Department.
*Please note: these results are solely for informational purposes and are not medical advice. We encourage you to share the results with your personal physician even if the results are normal.
LifeScreen Vascular Screenings
Beginning September 2012
For an appointment call the Radiology Department
at Palo Alto County Hospital