To prevent vascular devastation in the DC metropolitan community by offering free AAA, PVD and Vein Screening.
Screening is useful in certain high-risk groups in the elderly population.
People over the age of 50 are at risk for developing plaque in their arteries and therefore would have a greater chance of developing PVD, Aneurysms and Venous Disease.
Other medical risks that increase this are:
Screenings will be conducted by Trained Vascular Surgeons.
The following important screening will be conducted:
Our initial approach to the diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease is initiated by the routine use of an interview questionnaire and measurement of the Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI).
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) happens when there is a narrowing of the blood vessels outside of your heart. The cause of PAD is atherosclerosis. This happens when plaque, a substance made up of fat and cholesterol, builds up on the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the arms and legs. The plaque causes the arteries to narrow or become blocked. This can reduce or stop blood flow, usually to the legs, causing them to hurt or feel numb. If severe enough, blocked blood flow can cause tissue death. If this condition is left untreated, a foot or leg may need to be amputated.
A person with PAD also has an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and transient ischemic attack. You can often stop or reverse the buildup of plaque in the arteries with dietary changes, exercise, and efforts to lower high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. (*NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) of the superficial, deep, or perforating veins is a common clinical disorder, with as many as one in five US adults affected.
Varicose veins are not always a cosmetic issue.
The diagnosis of CVI encompasses a careful combination of patient history, physical examination, and findings on noninvasive duplex Doppler US.
Vascular screenings are one of the most effective ways to perform early diagnosis of vascular disease. Screenings are especially useful when performed on certain high-risk groups in the elderly population. People over the age of 50 are at risk for developing plaque in their arteries and therefore would have a greater chance of developing PAD, aneurysms and venous disease. The Minimally Invasive Vascular Center is proud to partner with the DC Office on Aging (DCOA) to provide FREE screenings throughout the DC Metro area. Through our partnership with DCOA we have educated and screened over 1,500 Seniors, detected aneurysms, saved limbs and prevent strokes. Senior Residence Buildings and Centers we have service include The Overlook, Waynes Place, Hattie Holmes, Barney House, St. Auborn's, Michigan Park Baptist Church, Asian/Pacific Islander Senior Center, Family Matters DC, Model Cities, Congress Heights, Fontenau, King and Potomac Gardens to name a few.
To set up a screening for your Senior Center or Residence Building in DC or Maryland call 301-497-1590.
Each year, cardiovascular disease kills more Americans than cancer. Cardiovascular disease is the world's largest killer, claiming 17.1 million lives each year.