Screen now to prevent vascular problems tomorrow

Vascular Screenings

Screenings are the best way to find medical issues early, when they are most easily treated. Guthrie offers one procedure to screen for three vascular diseases that cause problems with blood flow in your body.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)

AAA is an enlarged area in the aorta, the artery that carries blood and oxygen to the body. If this area ruptures, the bleeding that results can be life-threatening.

You should consider this screening if any of these apply to you:

  • Male over age 60
  • Female over age 60 with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or heart disease
  • Male or female over age 50 with a family history of AAA
  • Male or female current or former smoker over age 50

Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid artery disease is a narrowing of one or both of the arteries in the neck. This blockage increases your risk of stroke.

You should consider this screening if any of these apply to you:

  • Family history of stroke
  • Diabetic
  • Current or former smoker
  • Over age 40 with high cholesterol
  • Blockages in the arteries in your legs

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

PAD is a narrowing of arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the legs, stomach, arms and head. This occurs most frequently in the legs and can lead to leg pain when walking.

You should consider this screening if any of these apply to you:

  • Smoker over age 35
  • Over age 40 with high cholesterol or high blood pressure
  • Diabetic
  • Over age 40 with a family history of PAD
  • Difficulty walking, cramps, numbness or other changes in your legs

What happens during screening?

Vascular screening is a fast and non-invasive. Our technician will place blood pressure cuffs on your arms and legs, and use an ultrasound to see how well the blood is flowing in your legs, abdomen and neck. The screening lasts approximately 30 minutes.

What if the screening shows a problem?

If screening shows an issue, you will be referred to a vascular surgeon for follow-up, which may include further testing.  If the screening reveals an urgent issue, our vascular surgeons are on-site to take immediate action.

Treatment for vascular disease includes lifestyle changes, such as exercise or quitting smoking, medications and surgery. Your physician will work with you to determine the best course of treatment.

Does insurance cover this screening?

Guthrie does not submit claims for vascular screening to health insurance plans. You may wish to contact your carrier for coverage information.  

We offer this combined vascular screening at a discounted price of $99. You will be asked to pay at the time of service.

Making an appointment

Vascular screenings are offered weekdays at Guthrie Sayre. Appointments are required by calling 570-887-2893 or 570-887-2894.