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Vascular Health Programme

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Heart & Vascular Centre, Mater Private Network, 72 Eccles Street,
Dublin 7, D07 RD8P
1800 20 05 50 Outside ROI +353 (0)51 595 124 heartcentre@materprivate.ie

Please note a referral letter is required before an appointment can be confirmed.

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The Mater Private Vascular Health Programme is a unique programme that offers a rapid and direct access to vascular diagnostic tests.

This Vascular Health Programme is beneficial for those at increased risk for vascular disease.

Vascular disease is a subgroup of cardiovascular disease, affecting the arteries and circulatory system of the body. It can lead to a wide range of health problems throughout the body which can often be severe or prove fatal.

Risk factors and people at risk include:   

  • Smoking 
  • Family history of vascular issues 
  • History of previous cardiac surgery, stenting or angioplasty 
  • History of hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) 
  • Diabetes 
  • History of heart disease 
  • High cholesterol levels in the blood 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Chronic lung disease 
  • Males are more prone than females  
  • Individuals over 60 years 

The Mater Private Vascular Health Programme involves one single appointment, no GP referral letter needed. 

With testing and consultation including 3 key vascular tests: 

  • Carotid duplex ultrasound 
  • Abdominal aortic ultrasound (ultrasound of the abdominal aorta) 
  • Ankle brachial test (checks risk for peripheral arterial disease) 

The common vascular conditions that can be identified by the three vascular tests include

Abdominal aortic anurysm

The aorta is the largest artery in your body that carries oxygen-rich blood pumped out of your heart. 

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a very serious medical condition that occurs when the wall of the aorta progressively weakens and begins to bulge. 

Family history of anurysm: significantly increases the risk of developing an AAA. There is a 15%-18% chance of you developing an anurysm if your immediate family member had an AAA.

The condition often has no symptoms.

AAAs can be permanently cured when diagnosed early.  

Peripheral artery

When the arteries that carry blood to your legs become narrowed or blocked, your leg muscles may not receive enough of the blood and oxygen they need to support physical activity.

A sticky substance called plaque can build up in the walls of your arteries. 

Plaque is made up of cholesterol, calcium, and fibrous tissue, causing your arteries to narrow and stiffen. Eventually, enough plaque builds up to reduce blood flow to your leg arteries. Doctors call this condition Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). If severe enough, blocked blood flow can cause gangrene (tissue death). In very serious cases, this can lead to leg amputation. 

Carotid artery disease

Your carotid arteries are located on each side of your neck and extend from your aorta in your chest to enter the base of your skull. These important arteries supply blood to your brain. 

Carotid artery disease is a serious issue because clots can form on the plaque. Plaque or clots can also break loose and travel to the brain causing a stroke.

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