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.

Scheduling

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 (800) 803-6960.

2019 Screening Schedule

  • Austin Heart South Austin: August 6, 13
  • Ausin Heart Lakeway: July 19, 26
  • Austin Heart Cedar Park: June 20
  • Austin Heart Northwest Austin: June 25
  • Austin Central - Heart Hospital of Austin: July 2, 3, 9, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • Austin Heart La Grange (near Bastrop) August 8, 22
  • Austin Heart Round Rock: September 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30
  • Austin Heart San Marcos: October 3, 4, 10, 11

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