Know Your Risk

Cardiovascular Risk Screening: IMT

Now, thanks to a new state-of-the-art screening test called the IMT (intimal - media thickening), we can predict your risk of heart disease before any symptoms are present.

Here's how it works:

There is no other test available that measures these early symptoms as accurately as the IMT test and it's now available in Central Ohio.

The testing information is given to a physician, whose specialties include Internal Medicine, Cardiology, or Radiology, certified in reading noninvasive cardiovascular testing. The test results will then be interpreted and sent to you to take to your attending physician.

Stroke Screening: Carotid Artery Evaluation

This test evaluates the build up of plaque in the carotid arteries (the arteries in your neck that supply your brain with blood flow), which increases the individual's risk for stroke.

Here's how it works:

A non-invasive study is a safe and painless diagnostic procedure which requires no preparation beforehand. This procedure is done with ultrasound (high frequency sound waves) which can take pictures and record sound waves of the carotid (neck) arteries. The sound waves are directed to the artery with a hand held instrument (transducer) which sends and receives signals that appear on the television-like screen. From these pictures, it is possible to study the appearance of the arteries, and to determine if there are any abnormalities or stenosis (blockages) present.

Using the same instrument, a Doppler study will be performed; this is done to record the speed of the blood cells flowing through the arteries. You will hear loud swishing type sound as the instrument processes the information which determines the velocity (speed) of the blood flow.

The testing information is given to a physician, whose specialties include Internal Medicine, Cardiology, or Radiology, and is certified in reading noninvasive cardiovascular testing. The test results are then interpreted and results sent to you to take to your attending physician.

P.A.D. (Peripheral Arterial Disease) Leg Pain

The symptoms produced by Peripheral Arterial Disease vary in each individual, dependent upon which artery is affected. This discomfort called "claudication" can be a "cramping", "ache" or "charlie horse" type pain in the calves, thighs or buttocks, and is usually relieved by resting. Other symptoms which may be related to PAD include "numbness or tingling" of the legs and feet, coldness of the toes, and purplish discoloration of the legs and or feet.

Here's how it works:

This is a noninvasive, ultrasound test. The sonographer will put a cool gel on your legs and pass a transducer (probe) along your legs to scan your arteries. This is to evaluate the blood flow in your arteries, to determine if there are any blockages caused by a plaque build up causing obstruction of the blood flow to your feet. You will also have blood pressures taken in your arms and legs. This is a painless procedure, and there is no preparation.

The testing information is given to a physician, whose specialties include Internal Medicine, Cardiology, or Radiology, and is certified in reading noninvasive cardiovascular testing. The test results well then be interpreted and results sent to you to take to your attending physician.