Diagnostic Ultrasound Screening for Carotid Arteries, Aortic Aneurysm, & Peripheral Arterial Disease
The primary care providers at Palmetto Tri-County Primary Care offer a full range of diagnostic ultrasound screenings in our Lancaster, SC office. With these screenings, vascular diseases like carotid arteries, aortic aneurysms, and peripheral arterial disease can be detected early and treated effectively. These simple tests have no risks or patient discomfort and take approximately 10 minutes each to perform. Early detection of these diseases can help prevent or reduce a patient’s risk for heart attack, stroke, disability, or amputation.
Diagnostic ultrasound screenings are performed by a qualified Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer and/or a Registered Vascular Sonographer. You’ll get the results of your procedure immediately from these 100% non-invasive tests. Diagnostic ultrasound screenings do carry a minimal expense that is not billed through insurance and will be a completely out-of-pocket cost.
Peripheral Vascular Disease
Peripheral vascular disease, or PVD, is a blockage in the veins due to atherosclerosis. Left undetected and untreated, PVD can impair circulation to the legs and can lead to serious disability or amputation. Persons with PVD are three times more likely to die from a heart attack or stroke than those without PVD.
Palmetto Tri-County Primary Care in Lancaster, SC can administer a fast, non-invasive test to determine if you have PVD. Symptoms of PVD can include dull pain in the legs, buttock pain, pain in the legs while at rest, numbness or tingling in the legs or feet, changes in skin color, and infections or sores that don’t heal. If you are experiencing these symptoms, schedule a screening–it could save your life!
Risk Factors for Atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis can cause blockages in the veins known as peripheral vascular disease, or PVD. Risk factors for atherosclerosis include:
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
- Family history of atherosclerotic problems or circulatory problems