Friday is vascular screening day and 200 centers nationwide are joining the effort, including Texas Tech. Vascular surgeon, Dr. Michael Silva, explained at HealthWise at 5 on Monday that the screening does not hurt at all. It just uses ultrasound to see inside the body, the same kind of ultrasound used during pregnancy.
"We look for blockages in the arteries that go to your brain. That's what causes stroke. We look for a dilation in the aorta, the main artery in your belly, that's what causes aneurysm problems, and we look for blockages in the legs. Sometimes, people get to where they can't walk as far in their 50's and 60's and older and that's often times because they have vascular build up in the arteries," explains Dr. Silva.
You are a good candidate for vascular screening if you are age 60 or older with a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or if you smoke. The vascular screening is free this Friday.
It will be offered to the first 75 people who call for an appointment. That number is (806) 743-2373.