PREVENTIONS PAYS OFF
PREVENTIONS PAYS OFF
Welcome to best vein care. We pride our-self by practicing evidence-based preventive medicine and our health screening program is based on the guidelines from united states preventive services task force, American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. All screening services might not be covered by your health insurances.
CAROTID INTIMA-MEDIA THICKNESS:
Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) is a way to assess the cumulative effect of atherosclerosis and is an independent predictor of future cardiovascular (CV) risk. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, often causing symptoms such as weakness or numbness on one side of the body, trouble walking, vision or speech changes. The more common type of stroke, the ischemic stroke, is associated with carotid artery disease. Acute strokes are best managed in dedicated stroke centers or at least acute hospitals. But in the context of cardiovascular screening, our focus is on carotid intima-media thickness, in research trials, CMIT has correlated with overall cardiovascular risk.
An AORTIC ANEURYSM (AAA) SCREENING:
Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are caused by progressive weakening of the aortic wall that causes a “ballooning” of the aorta. An aneurysm will grow larger and eventually rupture if it is not diagnosed and treated.
The aorta carries blood flow from the heart to all parts of the body including the vital organs and the legs and feet. A ruptured AAA carries an 80-90% risk of death. That is why recognizing this disease BEFORE it gets too large is so important. AAA screening can identify these deadly aneurysms before they grow to a stage where they are likely to rupture. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends AAA Screening in.
- Men between 65 to 75.
- Who has ever smoked?
- Are asymptomatic
- Patients in this age group with other risk factors like hypertension, diabetes mellitus and high cholesterol can also be considered on a case to case basis.
ABI / PAD SCREENING
Simple measurement of blood pressures the arms and legs testing for PVD (Peripheral Vascular Disease) or PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease). PAD progresses over time depending on the area of circulation effected and one’s health and family history. For many, the outward indications will not appear until the artery has narrowed by 70 percent. Commonly, PAD may affect the legs by causing symptoms of leg discomfort in the calf, the thigh, or the buttock during walking. This pain is called intermittent claudication. PAD when advanced, can cause skin ulcers on the feet or legs or pain at rest in the legs and feet.
An ECG – EKG is the best way to measure and diagnose abnormal rhythms of the heart, particularly abnormal rhythms caused by damage to the conductive tissue that carries electrical signals, or abnormal rhythms caused by electrolyte imbalances. After a heart attack or MI (Myocardial Infarction). EKG can also identify if the heart muscle has been damaged in specific areas. The ECG cannot reliably measure the pumping ability of the heart, for which ultrasound-based Echo-cardiogram– ECHO tests are used.
Lipids are substances in the blood that are related to cholesterol. They are a kind of fat found in certain foods and made by the liver. Three types of lipids used in measuring your total cholesterol level are. Our lipid panel includes total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol and triglycerides. In certain high-risk patients, we also check for Lipoprotein a or Lp (a). Numerous studies have confirmed a strong correlation between the elevated Lp(a) and heart disease.
HIGH SENSITIVITY CRP
Inflammation plays a major role in clogging arteries (atherothrombosis), and measurement of inflammatory markers such as high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (HSCRP) provides another method for detecting the overall inflammatory activity of an individuals or the risk of plaque rupture causing a heart attack or stroke. Several large-scale clinical studies have demonstrated that HSCRP is a strong & independent predictor of future myocardial infarction and stroke among apparently healthy men and women.
We believe in “prevention is better than treatment” and we also believe that screening can increase awareness of risks and proper remedial steps can be taken before it is too late! Said that unsupervised screening can lead to 1- Unnecessary anxiety. 2- Unnecessary and sometimes harmful advanced tests. For that reason, our screening program starts with a consultation with our doctor with special interest in preventive cardiovascular medicine and follow up and final consultation will explain the findings of test and best preventive strategy.
Boston Vein Care is a comprehensive vein center, wound carer & vascular medicine practice offering the full spectrum of the vein, wound & vascular diagnostic & treatments. We also provide health screening from offices in Wellesley, MA & Chelmsford, MA.