Heart & Vascular Mobile Screenings
Heart disease and stroke are among the leading causes of death in North Carolina. Many of these deaths are the result of preventable chronic conditions including: high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, tobacco smoke, diabetes, physical inactivity, and being overweight or obese.
The American Heart Association (AHA) states that the key to preventing cardiovascular disease is managing risk factors in their early stages.
Mobile Diagnostic Screenings
The REX Heart & Vascular Mobile Unit team brings potentially life-saving screenings to a convenient community or workplace setting using the most up to date technology.
These seven simple, painless, high-quality screenings include:
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
An aneurysm is an abnormal ballooning or enlargement of a blood vessel. When this occurs in the abdominal portion of the aorta (the largest blood vessel in the body) it is known as an abdominal aortic aneurysm. An ultrasound of the abdomen is performed to assess for bulging vessels. The larger an aneurysm becomes, the more likely it is to burst, causing a stroke. Aneurysms are often caused, or made worse, by high blood pressure.
This screening measures the systolic and diastolic pressures. The higher one’s blood pressure, the greater the risk of stroke, heart attack and heart failure.
Body Mass Index (BMI) & Waist Circumference
Being overweight or obese are labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. Body mass index (BMI) is used because for most people it correlates with their amount of body fat. People who are overweight or obese have been shown to have an increased likelihood of heart disease, diabetes and other health problems.
Cardiac Ejection Fraction
The proportion, or fraction, of blood pumped out of your heart with each beat is called the ejection fraction (EF). A normal heart pumps out a little more than half the heart’s volume of blood with each beat. An ultrasound of the heart assesses left ventricular blood flow or heart muscle function. Patients with an ejection fraction of 40 percent or less have a much higher risk for stroke.
The risk for heart disease and stroke increases with rising blood cholesterol levels. The cholesterol lipid test is an analysis of a small blood sample taken via finger stick to assess both HDL and LDL cholesterol levels. As blood cholesterol exceeds 220 ml/dl, the risk for heart disease increases at a more rapid rate.
Blood glucose (or blood sugar) tests measure the amount of glucose (sugar) in blood. People with high blood sugar levels may have diabetes because of the body’s inability to use insulin properly. People with a low blood sugar level are said to have hypoglycemia. During a diabetes screening, a small blood sample taken via finger stick is analyzed to assess the sugar content in the blood. Diabetes is a known risk factor of heart disease.
NOTE: A 12 hour fast is recommended prior to the cholesterol and blood glucose test to ensure more accurate results. Elevated glucose levels may be caused by diabetes or by the patient having eaten within an hour prior to the test.
Stroke (Carotid Artery Doppler)
A stroke results from the disruption of adequate blood flow to the brain. The most common source of disruption is a significant narrowing or blockage of the carotid arteries which are the main blood supply to the brain. The carotid doppler examination is a non-invasive and painless ultrasound scan of the neck arteries to detect plaque buildup.
The results of these screenings are completely confidential and are provided to you immediately during a consultation with a registered, licensed nurse. A comprehensive personalized health report is included in this consultation. Any ultrasound result deemed high risk will be reviewed by a board certified physician.
Schedule a Screening
Before scheduling a screening, we ask that you complete a Health Risk Assessment. This will help us determine which screenings are best suited for you. Call 919-784-6037 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a screening.
To learn more about how to bring the REX Heart & Vascular Mobile Unit screenings to your workplace, contact Lisa Horton at 919-784-6037 or by email.