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A Powerful Diagnostic Tool for Patients

Physicians prescribe the Arterial Health tests for persons at risk for stroke or heart attack due to physical attributes, age, lifestyle patterns, genetics or family history.  These tests can detect risk factors for cardiovascular disease at very early stages so that preventive measures can be taken to avoid the tragedy of a fatal heart attack or crippling stroke.  The tests are FDA approved.

Arterial Health diagnostic test package

Who should have the Arterial Health tests?

The earlier you diagnose a cardiac condition and initiate a cardio-protective program, the better off you are. Candidates include men between the ages of 40 and 70 and women between the ages of 50 to 70 with one or more of the following risk factors for heart disease:

  • Cigarette smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Elevated cholesterol level
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary life style

Of particular note is that persons with family history of heart disease (sudden death, heart attack or need for angioplasty or bypass surgery) in a first-degree relative; ie. parents or siblings, should be especially cautious about their risk for CVD.  Individuals with multiple risk factors, or one particularly severe risk factor, need to talk to their physician about earlier intervention.

Why are these tests so important?

The Arterial Health tests go well beyond current technology that focuses solely on the heart by carefully evaluating the health and viability of the arterial system throughout the body.  There are 4 distinct tests performed during the appointment, plus blood is drawn for advanced profiling.  Each test targets a specific part of the body’s artery system:

  • Ultrasound imaging of the Carotid Arteries (located in the neck)
  • Blood flow analysis in both arms and lower legs
  • Advanced blood testing, including state-of-the-art cholesterol analysis

Certified ultrasound technicians, called sonographers, use equipment such as blood pressure cuffs, a leading-edge volume and flow sensing system, an advanced ultrasound device, and a laptop computer with sophisticated software.  These tests are non-invasive and conducted in a quiet room with soft lighting.  Patients can relax on the table, some even take a short nap!

The Advanced Blood Panel does require drawing samples for a thorough analysis.

After interpretation by trained specialists, test results are returned to your physician for final review and analysis.  The tests are billable to your insurance company, including Medicare/Medicaid, and can also be reimbursed from Health Savings Accounts. (HSA)  How much you pay depends on your insurance plan co-pays, deductibles, in-or-out of network, etc.  Patients who have not met their annual deductible will qualify for Arterial Health’s Deductible Assistance Program.

 

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