Vascular Screening

Vascular screening tests are non-invasive procedures that are done with special equipment designed to detect blood flow in the arteries.

How vascular screenings are done

Tests are performed by specially trained vascular sonographers within the certified vascular lab at Parkview Heart Institute. When tests are complete, you will receive results that indicate your screening is normal (no further testing is recommended), or abnormal (follow up is needed with your physician for further evaluation and testing). You and your physician will receive your results. If needed, your physician will follow up and order an in-depth diagnostic ultrasound.

Who needs vascular screening?

Certain lifestyle habits increase your risk for developing vascular disease. If you have several of the following risk factors, you should consider scheduling a vascular screening tests.

  • Cigarette smoking/tobacco use
  • High levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol
  • Low levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Excess weight
  • Lack of exercise
  • Stressful lifestyle

To determine if vascular screenings are appropriate for you, check your risk factors on this scorecard .

Total vascular screening test

The total vascular screen, including the following three screening tests, can be completed in approximately 30 minutes.

Carotid artery screening is a duplex ultrasound of the carotid arteries, the vessels that supply blood to the brain. This screen can detect the presence of carotid stenosis (or narrowing of the arteries), the most frequent cause of stroke.

The ABI screening measures blood pressure at the ankle and in the arm while a person is at rest. This test detects the presence and severity of peripheral artery disease in the arteries of the legs and/or feet.

Abdominal aortic screening is a duplex ultrasound scan of the “abdominal” aorta, the largest artery of the body. The abdominal aorta is most prone to an aneurysm. This screen can identify if you have an aneurysm and estimate the size of it.


Scheduling a vascular screening

Because these tests are considered “screening” tests, they are not covered by Medicare or private insurance. You will be asked to pay for the test(s) at time of service.

To schedule an appointment at any Parkview location, please call (260) 266-5740. 

Parkview Heart Institute
Parkview Regional Medical Center campus
Entrance 10
11108 Parkview Circle
Fort Wayne, IN 46845

Parkview Huntington Hospital
2001 Stults Road
Huntington, IN 46750

Parkview LaGrange Hospital
207 N. Townline Road
LaGrange, IN 46761

Parkview Noble Hospital
401 Sawyer Road
Kendallville, IN 46755

Parkview Wabash Hospital
8 John Kissinger Drive
Wabash, IN 46992

Parkview Warsaw
1355 Mariners Drive
Warsaw, IN 46580

Parkview Whitley Hospital
1270 E. State Road 205, Suite 110
Columbia City, IN 46725

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