Why Scan?

Currently, 50% of all heart attacks and strokes can be preventable.

Effective prevention has now become a priority for healthcare professionals and the Department of Health in the UK has aimed to reduce heart disease by 40% in people under 75 by the year 2010. Preventative treatment can reduce heart attacks and strokes by half, (DH, 2008) so the question is how do we identify those that need it?

The big facts on heart attacks and strokes

- Since 1985, the single biggest killer in the UK was heart disease, with around 120,000 people dying in the UK from coronary heart disease last year. If detected earlier and prior to any symptoms, the risk of developing fatal heart disease can be substantially reduced.
- Around 100,000 people suffer a stroke each year, with a further 40,000 people in the UK experiencing a TIA. With early detection, the risk of incurring a stroke can be avoided by appropriate changes in lifestyle and early treatment of unknown symptoms.

Ultrasound can now be used to detect early arterial wall thickening and the build up cholesterol or plaques in the arteries. The technique is accurate, quick, simple and noninvasive.

This thickening and build up can be identified before there are any symptoms – enabling any concerns to be treated quickly and effectively.

Our team at the VNDC provides a service using ultrasound for the assessment of cardiovascular risk and a diagnostic service to doctors who have patients with circulatory problems (arteries or veins). In addition, we carry out research in the development of more effective and inexpensive methods for the early detection and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

March 2nd 2009
Tags: - Preventative Health Scanning, List of All Scans

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Cardiovascular Scan (CVS)

The Cardiovascular Risk Assessment Screening (CVS) scan is a comprehensive ultrasound scan of the carotid arteries (big arteries in the neck) and the femoral arteries (in the legs). Using these images and data on file about vascular risk, predictions can be made on the risk of heart attacks and stroke ...
March 2nd 2009
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Duplex Scan for Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

In the presence of varicose veins, obstruction or damage to the deep veins, an ultrasound scan of the leg is used to identify the blockages or backward flow of blood before medical treatment. Information for doctors Duplex scanning with colour flow imaging can detect the presence and anatomic extent of obstruction and ...
March 2nd 2009
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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Scan (AAA)

An aortic aneurysm is a bulge in a section of the aorta , the body’s main artery. The aorta carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. The wall of the aorta is normally very elastic. It can stretch and then shrink back as needed to ...
March 2nd 2009
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Pre- and Post- Graft Monitoring Scan

Replacing, or grafting of arteries is a surgical treatment for arterial disease. Grafts need to be monitored to identify any potential failures as a result of narrowing (stenosis). Information for doctors Patients with infrainguinal bypass grafts should have routine duplex scanning at six weeks, three weeks and six months and then six ...
March 2nd 2009
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Duplex Scan for DVT

You may be referred for this scan by a doctor if they suspect a blood clot in the vein. Information for doctors Duplex scanning with colour flow imaging provides instant visualisation of the veins and blood flow. It can detect the presence of both recent and old thrombi. In symptomatic patients the ...

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