Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is one of the more prominent reasons for Sudden Cardiac Death in athletes and young people. The procedure to detect Sudden Cardiac Death is conducted by checking for symptoms that run concurrent with Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
BaseLine Echo Screening's technicians apply acoustic gel around the left portion of the chest and use a painless instrument called a transducer to evaluate the heart wall motion. The individual lays down on his or her back while the screen is performed.
Carotid Artery Disease/Stroke
Stroke is the number one cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death in the US and nursing home placement. Harden plaque buildup in the carotid artery is a definite indicator of possible stroke. This harden plaque within the carotid artery restricts blood flow to the brain and increases the likelihood of stroke.
BaseLine Echo Screening's technicians apply acoustic gel on an individual's neck where the carotid artery lies and uses an instrument called a transducer to get a painless topical view of that artery. The individual lays down on his or her back (or may be in a sitting position) while this screen is performed. The ultrasound image allows the technician to determine if there is sufficient blockage of the artery to indicate a potential risk for stroke.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Most abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are asymptomatic, not detectable on physical examination, and silent until discovered during testing for other reasons. The screening procedure is conducted to determine whether or not the aorta has an aneurysm. An aneurysm that has developed to a point of 5 cm in diameter is cause for great concern because it has the potential to rupture at any time. Any developing or developed aneurysm has a greater chance of being discovered by receiving an ultrasound screen.
BaseLine Echo Screening's technicians apply acoustic gel to the abdomen of the patient who is lying down on his or her back. An instrument called a transducer is used to get a painless topical view of the abdomen to determine whether or not an aneurysm is visible.
Peripheral Arterial Disease
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries due to harden plaque blocks or reduce the blood flow to your limbs or peripheral arteries, which circulates blood throughout the entire body. This disease often times has little or no symptoms and is rarely diagnosed by health professionals.
BaseLine Echo Screening's technicians or medical assistants apply blood pressure cuffs to the patient's arm and leg and then use a Doppler ultrasound probe to detect any abnormalities in the arteries or vessels. This test is extremely painless and is able to determine if there is severe blockage in the arteries of the patient.
Preparation for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy/Sudden Cardiac Death Screening
Due to the nature of this particular screen the following recommendations are suggested to increase the likelihood that you will receive the most comfortable and accurate screening possible.
· A button-down shirt is highly recommended
· No pullovers or turtlenecks
· If you are taking medication, please continue to use as prescribed
If you are a diabetic, please continue to follow your diabetic care plan
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At BaseLine Echo, your comfort is very important to us and we want to ensure that you have the most professional and caring screening possible. To properly receive a screen and obtain the best results possible, a few simple steps should be taken prior to your arrival to the screening event.
As you prepare for your screening, we ask that you not alter your routine if you are taking medications. If you are diabetic, please follow your diabetic care plan.
Each screen is unique and your comfort in large part, depends on the clothing you wear being appropriate considering the screening you signed up for. The following are important reminders when showing up for your screenings to ensure your comfort:
• Wear comfortable, loose fitting two-piece outfit, a button-down shirt is ideal
• Please avoid pullovers and turtlenecks
• If you must eat prior to your screening, a "light meal" allows for a better, more accurate screen result.