Your screening results will be color coded and easy to read so you can see what measurements are normal, borderline, or abnormal. In addition to the numbers, you will also see a section on each condition for which we screened and what it means for you.
Your screening test results package will be specific to you and should be shared with your primary care physician. If we see something which we feel should be addressed urgently by your doctor, we will let you know at the time of the screening.
In general, we are looking for plaque in the arteries, which is called atherosclerosis. We examine the carotid arteries in your neck and the peripheral arteries in your legs, as well as the abdominal aorta. (We do not screen the coronary arteries, the arteries surrounding the heart.)
Atherosclerosis is a disease of progression. Its progression can be slowed or stopped altogether by medication or lifestyle changes, such as stopping smoking, reducing your blood sugar, doing exercise, and watching your weight. Keeping track of your blood pressure is also important.
Here is more information on the five major screening test results:
If you got additional screenings, your blood screening test results and your biometric screening scores will also be reported.
Read through the screening test results carefully.
Share your screening results with your doctor.
We will contact you to let you know when it is time to be re-screened.
Most screenings require review by one of our board-certified physicians, with the exception of the 6 for Life assessment, which is run through a clinically based predictive program.
Carotid artery disease is often a silent disease, developing without causing any pain, discomfort, or other symptoms. If plaque buildup goes unnoticed until it is seriously impacting blood flow to the brain, it can cause a stroke. Early screening can help identify the problem before it is too late, especially in people with risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Certain risk factors increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and carotid artery disease. The contributing factors are:
It means that you have a small amount of plaque build-up which is not affecting blood flow. Share with your doctor and continue with follow-ups.
The “mild” category is somewhat broad and can vary from a thickened inner layer of the artery to a small amount of plaque, as long as it does not affect the blood flow. Some reviewing physicians can be very conservative and interpret a thickened inner layer as “mild” plaque, while others would not.
Continue to follow-up with your doctor so he or she can monitor it. An aneurysm may remain stable but it can continue to grow. As it becomes larger, the risks of rupture increase.
Unfortunately no one can really predict if and how strokes or other cardiovascular events could happen. However our screenings will help you and your physician recognize risks as possible sources for these events, as well as discuss with you how some of those risks could be modified or lessened.
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