Vascular screening

A check-up for your arteries and veins

At The Harley Street Clinic we work with leading vascular surgeons and cardiologists who can advise the best vascular screening for you based on your risk factors, symptoms and medical history. 

Vascular screening is a check-up for your arteries and veins to assess the likelihood of you experiencing various health problems relating to the arteries and blood vessels.

Not all vascular conditions have symptoms, so it's a good idea to make the time for a check-up to be sure that your blood vessels are healthy.

 

What health conditions can vascular screening help to diagnose?

Screening can also help you find out if you have vascular disease or may be at risk of hardening and narrowing of arteries which can cause strokes or lead to a heart attack. It can also be used to identify an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm or Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Varicose veins, scarring and deep vein thrombosis can all cause significant complications within your venous system. Screenings can check for all of these issues before they cause damage to the brain, heart or legs and can act as an essential first step in putting a treatment plan in place.

Genetic testing in laboratories

Why should I consider Vascular Screening?

You should consider a vascular screening if you have risk factors for any vascular disorder and are particularly important if you’re at an increased risk of vascular disease. Risk factors include a family history of: 

• Stroke

• Cardiovascular disease (before the age of 55)

• Aneurysm

• Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).

Although any adult can benefit from a vascular screening, the following factors can also result in an increased risk of vascular disease particularly if more than one risk is identified: 

  • Age 55 and over with a history of diabetes or smoking
  • You have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes
  • You have Hypertension (High blood pressure)
  • You have High cholesterol
  • Your lifestyle is inactive
  • You have symptoms of vascular disease, including leg pain or pain when walking
  • You have previously had a stroke or heart attack
 

Should I see a cardiologist or a vascular consultant?

The circulatory system is covered by both types of medical specialist.

Cardiologists focus on diagnosing and treating heart diseases.

Vascular Surgeons focus on diagnosing conditions in the veins and arteries outside of the heart and health problems associated with poor circulation.

Your GP will discuss your symptoms with you and make a referral dependent on your symptoms.

What tests are included in Vascular Screening?

All patients must have an initial consultation with one of our specialist consultants, who will be able to advise the best screening package for you based on your risk factors, symptoms and medical history.

A vascular screening package usually includes tests such as:

• Carotid Ultrasound

• Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Ultrasound

• Peripheral Arterial Ultrasound

Most test results are provided within 48 hours and if test results identify problems, our team of consultant cardiologists and vascular surgeons are on hand to support you, no matter how complex your condition.

 

Benefits of Vascular Screening

  • The greatest benefit of a vascular screening is its ability to detect health issues that are not yet obvious to you. 
  • It will help you gain peace of mind over your health, as well as enabling you to seek treatment and make lifestyle changes if necessary. Your doctor can recommend courses of action that may help you avoid a serious vascular event in the future.
  • Vascular screening is a non-invasive ways of assessing the risk levels for several of the conditions it investigates.
  • Follow-up vascular screening can be used to judge the effectiveness of medication and other treatments.
 

Make an appointment

We work with some of the leading vascular surgeons and cardiologists in the UK who will be able to advise on which screening package you’ll benefit the most from.

You can contact our bookings office to schedule your initial consultation with a specialist on 020 7034 8181

If you’ve already had your initial consultation, please contact our self-pay team to book your discounted screening package on 020 7034 8551.

 
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