Why Vascular Screenings Are Important
By Grand Rapids Cardiology
August 20, 2019
Category: Cardiology

Vascular disease refers to conditions that affect the blood vessels and arteries. The three most common forms of non-cardiac vascular disease are stroke, peripheral artery disease, and abdominal aortic aneurysm, which can be life-threatening and difficult to diagnose. Vascular screenings help to find problems like arterial blockages or damage before they can life-threatening. Dr. Ronald VanderLaan, a cardiologist in Grand Rapids, MI, offers vascular and heart disease screenings and treatment for children and adults.

Vascular Screenings and Cardiology Services in Grand Rapids, MI

Vascular screenings allow the cardiologist to see what's happening inside your arteries and blood vessels. Issues like blockages and plaque buildup usually develop over time and don't produce noticeable symptoms in the early stages, making it difficult to know if you are at risk for a stroke or aneurysm.

As with many serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses and conditions, early detection is one of the best defenses against vascular disease. Screenings can detect existing problems and give you and your doctor a better idea of your potential risk.

Vascular screenings are typically recommended for adults aged 60 and up, patients with a family history of vascular disease, and for people with underlying health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, which can increase the risk of artery disease. Smokers are also at risk for vascular problems.

How Vascular Screenings Work

Vascular tests are non-invasive and designed to check the strength and function of the major blood vessels and arteries. The screening involves ultrasound and blood pressure readings to check your carotid artery and abdominal aortic artery for blockages, aneurysm, or other abnormalities. The screening will also check the blood pressure in your ankles for signs of peripheral artery disease, which affects the blood flow in the limbs and is especially dangerous for people with diabetes.

Many people at risk for stroke and aneurysms are not aware of their risks until it's too late. Vascular screenings are an effective and potentially life saving tool.

Find a Cardiologist in Grand Rapids, MI

For more information about vascular screenings and cardiac disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, contact Grand Rapids Cardiology by calling (616) 717-5141 to schedule an appointment with Dr. VanderLaan today.