What Tests Are Included In Vascular Advantage Screening?

Carotid Artery/Stroke screening - Performed using doppler ultrasound on the carotid arteries in the neck to identify plaque build-up in the arteries.

Peripheral Arterial Disease screening - This screening test uses a type of blood pressure cuff around the ankle (ankle brachial index) to assess possible blood flow problems in the legs.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm - This screening test uses Doppler ultrasound on the abdomen to identify a developing aneurysm.


You do not need a physician referral to schedule a Vascular Advantage screening. (This test is not covered by most insurance.) The Vascular Advantage screening is $115 for all three screenings ordered at the same time, or $45 per individual screening.

To schedule a Vascular Advantage Screening at a convenient Austin Heart location, call 512-206-3636 or 1-800-803-6960.

Should I be screened for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)?

If you have two or more of the following risk factors you should consider a Vascular Advantage screening:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Age - over 50 years
  • Smoker
  • Diabetes
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Family history of aortic aneurysm