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Vascular Screening

Vascular disease is a disease of the blood vessels, arteries and veins. Disorders in the network of blood vessels can cause a range of health problems from varicose veins to stroke.

Screening is the first line in diagnosis and treatment planning for vascular disease.

  • People with vascular disease have an increased risk of stroke, aortic aneurysm, impaired circulation in the legs and many other risks.

    Our screening program offers the following three painless, non-invasive tests:

    • Carotid Artery Scan: to detect stenosis or narrowing of the carotid arteries
    • Abdominal Aortic Scan: to detect abnormalities in the aorta
    • Ankle Brachial Index: to detect reduced blood flow to muscles and tissues in the leg.

    Following screening a Consultant Vascular Surgeon will review the scans and discuss the results with you.


    The types of Vascular Disease which these tests are designed to screen for include:

    • Cerebral Vascular Disease
    • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
    • Peripheral Arterial Disease
    • Diabetic Vascular Disease

    We also offer screening and evaluation for varicose veins.

  • There are many risk factors of developing Vascular Disease. Depending on your age, risk profile, family history or actual symptoms, your Doctor may advise you to attend for screening if you have any of the following:

    • Diabetes
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Smoking
    • Heart Disease
    • Family history of vascular disease
    • Family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm
    • Prior stroke or mini-stroke (TIA)
    • Known peripheral vascular disease
  • There are 3 simple tested used in screening for vascular disease

    • Ankle Brachial Index
      • The ankle-brachial index check your risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD). Blood pressure levels in your ankles and your arms are compared. A low ankle-brachial index number can indicate narrowing or blockage of the arteries in your legs.
      • Your blood pressure will be taken in both arms and then in both ankles. At the same time an ultrasound devise is used to create images using sound waves and to hear your pulse in your ankle arteries.
      • The test is painless and similar to getting your blood pressure taken in a routine visit to your doctor. You may feel some pressure on your arm or ankle when the cuff inflates to read your blood pressure.
    • Abdominal Aortic Scan
    • Carotid Artery Scan


    The types of vascular disease which we test for include

    • Cerebral Vascular Disease
    • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
    • Peripheral Arterial Disease
    • Diabetic Vascular Disease

    We also offer screening and evaluation for varicose veins.

  • The Vascular Team at the Mater Private provide comprehensive diagnostic screening and therapeutic interventions for the entire spectrum of vascular disorders; from medical management, to minimally invasive endovascular therapy to conventional open surgery.

    In September 2011 the development of a dedicated vascular laboratory, specifically designed for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease, was completed within our Heart & Vascular Centre. The custom built laboratory, allows us to treat more complex conditions in less invasive ways.

  • Treatments - Vascular Disease

    Carotid Endarterectomy

    • Surgery to remove the plaques clogging your carotid artery

    Endovascular Aneurysm Repair

    • Surgery to repair and reinforce the weak spot or bulge in the aorta using a stent or graft.

    Surgical Bypass

    • Surgery to create a detour or bypass around a section of the artery that is blocked.


    Treatments - Varicose Veins

    • Endovenous Laser
    • Ablation
    • Surgical Stripping