More on Your Heart Screening Options
Additional Heart & Circulatory Screenings
The Medical Center of Aurora partners with Life Line Screening. Together, we strive to alert people of heart and circulatory problems they might not know about. If heart disease is discovered, we help you determine the best treatment.
We offer screenings for:
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
Plaque sometimes builds up in the arteries, causing peripheral arterial disease. This can cause hardening of the arteries, resulting in reduced blood flow and leg pain while walking. People with PAD have significantly increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Screening for PAD is quick, painless and non-invasive. Blood pressure cuffs on the arms and ankles are used to create an Ankle Brachial Index (ABI index). This is used to find peripheral arterial disease in the lower limbs.
Carotid Artery Disease
When cholesterol builds up in the carotid arteries, it can cause narrowing of the arteries. If a blood clot sticks on the narrowed arteries, blood cannot reach the brain. This is a leading cause of stroke.
A Doppler colorflow ultrasound is used to provide images of blood flow through the narrowed arteries. This procedure is painless.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
Aneurysms happen when the wall of a blood vessel bulges or balloons out. As an aneurysm grows, it can rupture.
AAA screening, is typically recommended for men between 65 and 75 years of age who have been or are smokers. Ultrasound technology is used to evaluate the presence and size of an aneurysm.
Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat. It can significantly increase your risk for stroke, and can lead to congestive heart failure.
Screening for atrial fibrillation is done through an electrocardiograph (ECG).