The Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin offers a vascular screening. This simple, non-invasive procedure identifies irregularities in arteries and veins (also called blood vessels) which can be linked to a particular vascular disease including, but not limited to, stroke, aortic aneurysm or peripheral artery disease (PAD).

During a vascular screening, patients undergo a set of painless tests that check the health of blood vessels. A vascular screening includes an ultrasound of the carotid arteries, abdominal aorta, and ankle-brachial index.

Those 60 or older who have diabetes or high blood pressure, smoke or have a family history of cardiovascular disease or aortic aneurysm should schedule a screening. Your physician may recommend a screening if he/she suspects one of these issues or sees something else that could be caught through this screening.

The physicians at Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin, with a combined 45 years of experience treating vascular disease and a strong working relationship with vascular and thoracic surgeons, perform this screening.

Cost of Vascular Screening is $50

To schedule your vascular screening appointment today, please call us at (920) 886-9380 or

Frequently Asked Questions

We often receive questions regarding Vascular Screenings. Below you will find some commonly asked questions with responses:

What is a vascular health screening?

A vascular health screening is an ultrasound test that provides a benchmark for heart and vascular disease risk. Through sophisticated scanning and measurement, patients will learn about this risk and possible treatment(s).

Where is this procedure performed?

This procedure is performed at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin, located at 5045 W. Grande Market Drive in Appleton.

What happens during the screening?

Ultrasound is used to measure the thickness of the walls of the carotid arteries, abdominal aorta, and ankles. A small amount of gel is applied to the area and an instrument is used to take images of the arteries.

How should I prepare for the screening?

Do not eat or drink for 5-6 hours prior to the exam. Medications with small sips of water are allowed. Also, wear loose-fitting clothing; no turtle-neck shirts or panty hose.

How long does it take?

The length of the exam can vary, but the standard screening takes anywhere from 30-60 minutes.

Are there any side effects?

Generally, no. You can go back to your normal diet and activities unless your physician or provider advises you differently.

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