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Heart & Vascular Screenings

Special screenings for your heart and vascular health

Your heart and vascular health is important to us. That’s why we offer many free and low-cost screenings to you and our communities.

For your peace of mind and to catch any potential problems in the early, most treatable stages, we encourage you to take advantage of our range of screenings.

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Coronary Calcium CT Scan – Prevent a Heart Attack

With this simple screening, you can find out if you have the beginnings of heart disease before the trouble begins. That’s good news because then you can take steps to prevent a heart attack.

Usually, heart disease (also known as coronary artery disease) is not discovered until a person develops symptoms such as chest pain, an abnormal response to a stress test, has a heart attack or a sudden cardiac death occurs.

Arteriosclerosis causes heart disease. It is a gradual process, present but silent until a fairly advanced stage. The presence of even small amounts of calcification (or calcium) in the coronary artery wall is a definite indication of the presence of arteriosclerotic plaque.

At Bryan Medical Center, our multi-slice CT scanner detects the presence of calcium in your coronary arteries. If calcium is found, the amount of calcification correlates to the level of heart disease and your risk of a heart attack. This technology allows us to detect the extent of heart disease before symptoms appear, so you can take steps to slow the progression of heart disease and prevent a life-threatening cardiac event.

What can I expect during the procedure?

The procedure is painless, requires no injections and you wear your everyday clothes during the test. A technologist will place EKG leads to your chest to synchronize the scan to your heartbeat. You will hold your breath for about 15 seconds while the imaging system takes as many as 100 pictures of your coronary arteries.

The special CT scanner at Bryan uses the lowest dose of radiation for this procedure.

Should I receive this screening?

Yes, if you are a male age 40-70 or female age 50-70, have not had a heart attack or been diagnosed with heart disease, and have one or more of the following risk factors for developing heart disease:

  • Total cholesterol over 200
  • LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol over 130
  • HDL ‘good’ cholesterol over 40
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • History of blocked arteries in the legs or pain in the calves when walking
  • History of stroke
  • Family history of early heart disease (parent, grandparent or sibling with heart attack or other coronary event before age 65)

Is it expensive?

No. At Bryan, this test is only $119. That’s far less than the consequences of an untreated heart condition. And, the peace of mind it can bring or awareness that you need to take steps to prevent a heart attack is extremely valuable information for you and your family.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Call the Bryan Scheduling Center at 402-481-5121.

You do not need a physician referral to receive this test.

Bicuspid Aortic Valve Screening

If you have a parent, sibling or child with bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) disorder, it’s important to know that this can be hereditary. Close relatives of those diagnosed with BAV also are at risk for an aneurysm of the aortic root and ascending aorta. Early detection is critical since up to 40 percent of BAV patients will experience complications by the time they reach 50.

To learn more about this screening, talk to your doctor or call our Early Detection Center at 402-481-8018.

Signs and symptoms of heart valve disease
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations (rapid heartbeats or skipping heartbeats)
  • Swelling of ankles, feet or abdomen
  • Weakness or dizziness
  • Quick weight gain
  • Chest discomfort

Call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.

Atrial Fibrillation Screening

This painless, noninvasive screening helps detect if an irregular heartbeat exists. Afib is the most common irregular heart rhythm, affecting 2.7 million Americans. Afib is caused by the top two chambers of your heart (atria) beating in an unorganized manner not in sync with the bottom two chambers (ventricles).

The American Heart Association recommends all women over the age of 75 be screened for atrial fibrillation.

We offer this screening at different times throughout the year. Dates of upcoming screenings are located on the side panels this page or you can check our calendar.

Peripheral Vascular Screenings

We offer these screenings at different times throughout the year. Dates of upcoming screenings are located on the side panels this page or you can check our calendar.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Ultrasound Screening

This painless, noninvasive screening detects the presence of an aneurysm in the abdominal aorta.

Carotid Artery Ultrasound Screening

This painless, noninvasive screening detects plaque deposits in the carotid arteries. These plaque deposits are a leading risk factor for stroke. You are eligible for the carotid screening if you are at least 60 years of age or have a history of any of the following: cardiovascular disease, tobacco use, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes.

Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening

This painless, noninvasive screening detects diminished blood flow due to a narrowing or blockage in the arteries feeding the lower extremities.

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