Half of all fatal heart attacks are sudden and unexpected. Evidence of peripheral artery disease in the body is considered a warning sign of an increased risk for heart attack or stroke.
Vascular screenings can help indicate your risk for heart disease.
PAD is a narrowing of the blood vessels outside the heart and brain.
Peripheral arteries carry blood through the body to the head, abdomen, arms, and legs.
The buildup of plaque in the body’s arteries — also known as atherosclerosis — causes narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the brain, heart, limbs, and other organs.
A vascular screening — also known as a cardiovascular profile — takes about 30 minutes to perform and includes three main tests.
During the tests, the staff will provide you with immediate results and answer any questions you may have.
After the exam, we will send the final results directly to you. If you would like, we will also send the results to your family doctor for any possible follow-up care.
The set of three screenings cost $100. Single screenings cost $50. Health insurance companies do not cover the cost of these screenings.
Call the Vascular Screening Department at the UPMC Hamot Heart and Vascular Institute at 814-877-5265 or 1-800-984-9113 ext. 5625.