Frequently Asked Questions - Cardio-Vascular Screening
How do I know which vascular examination I need?
Vascular disease in one artery often indicates that disease is likely to be present in other arteries of the body. A full cardiovascular screen offers the opportunity to identify and treat disease early. We also offer individual vascular investigations, at the request of your doctor, which can be tailored to specific symptoms.
How do I know whether I need one leg scanning or both?
We only investigate symptomatic legs, if a leg is symptom-free you are unlikely to have significant artery or vein disease.
How long do I have to wait for a vascular examination?
It usually takes 1-2 weeks to arrange the screen.
Isn’t this something I can have done on the NHS?
IVS does perform investigations for the NHS, patients must be referred by a doctor and have symptoms which suggest underlying vascular disease.
Will I be able to drive afterwards?
Will health insurance cover the cost of a private vascular examination?
Health insurance will cover investigations requested by your GP or hospital doctor.
What happens if my vascular examination detects a problem?
Early disease can usually be treated by changes in lifestyle (smoking cessation, diet and exercise) and possibly tablets, which can be prescribed by your General Practitioner. Severe disease may require review by a heart (cardiologist) or vascular specialist. You may choose to take your report to your GP who can refer you to a local specialist either privately or through the NHS. We can arrange a private consultation with a relevant specialist, however some specialists still require a referral letter from your GP.
I get leg swelling every time I fly, does this mean I have had a DVT?
No, leg swelling during any long journey is common and usually settles within a day or two. However, if there is calf or thigh pain associated with swelling, or the swelling fails to settle, duplex imaging may be required. Leg swelling can be reduced or prevented by regular short walks or calf exercises and by wearing compression stocks during the journey.
What do I need to wear for the examination?
Come dressed normally but try and wear comfortable clothing that can be easily removed to allow access for ultrasound scanning. It is advisable to remove neck chains to allow carotid scanning but all other jewellery is allowed.
When will I get the results?
We will give you a report within 30minutes of your examination outlining the results and any recommendations.
I have a family history of aneurysms, do I need a scan?
Yes, the risk of aneurysm is significantly higher if your mother/father or siblings have aneurysms.
Do I take my medication?
Unless otherwise directed, you should take your medication as normal.
✓ Can save 17% to 34% of the cost of setting up and running a vascular laboratory
✓ Reduces capital expenditure
✓ Lowers staff and administration costs
✓ 95% of inpatients investigated the same day
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