Monday, November 19th, 2018

Vascular screening test now available at PHH

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2018

Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) is partnering with the Parkview Heart Institute to bring a new service to Huntington County residents. The hospital now offers a Total Vascular Screening for early detection of poor circulation.

Poor circulation (blood flow), particularly in the neck or legs, can develop over time as blood vessels slowly become blocked. Because decreased circulation in any part of the body increases a person’s risk for having a heart attack or stroke, early detection with proper follow-up is important as it can slow or stop the progression of conditions leading to these traumatic health events.

Much like the HeartSmart CT Scan can detect calcium build-up in the arteries around the heart, the Total Vascular Screening is a non-invasive test that produces images of a person’s blood vessels in order to determine where blockages might be restricting blood flow. This screening requires no prep or undressing, and costs $79. During the test, a specially trained ultrasound tech will apply a cool gel to an ultrasound wand and guide the wand painlessly over a patient’s neck and abdomen. In addition, blood pressure cuffs are placed on the person’s arms and ankles to detect any unusual changes in pressure, which could identify blockages forming in the legs. The screening can be completed in 30 minutes.

“We’re so pleased to be able to make the vascular screening available and add another early detection tool to options for Huntington County residents,” said Juli Johnson, president, Parkview Huntington Hospital. “This partnership with Parkview Heart Institute is yet another example of the world-class teamwork that is bringing more resources to our community for exceptional care conveniently close to home.”

No doctor’s referral is required, since the Total Vascular Screening is an early-detection screening rather than a diagnostic test. Each patient receives printed results of the screening during the appointment, and a copy is sent to the patient’s primary care physician.

As a screening, this service is not covered by insurance. The $79, out-of-pocket fee is collected at the time of service. Screening takes place in Suite 200 of the Physicians Specialty Clinic in the John B. Kay Medical Office Building, 2003 Stults Road, adjoining the hospital. Free valet parking is available.

PHH is the first of Parkview Health’s community hospitals to offer this new screening, which will also become available in other counties over the course of the summer. To schedule a Total Vascular Screening at PHH, call (260) 266-5740.