Medicare offers a one-time ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm for people who qualify and request the screening within six months of enrolling in a Medicare program. Note: Eligible beneficiaries must receive a referral from their provider for an ultrasound screening for AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm) as a result of and IPPE, Medicare’s Initial Preventative Physical Exam.
Aortic aneurysm occurs most frequently in the abdomen, and less in the chest. The aorta is weakened with a bulge in the wall of the aorta. The aorta is the body’s main supplier of blood and therefore a ruptured aortic aneurysm can cause life-threatening bleeding. Although you may never have symptoms, finding out you have an aortic aneurysm can be life saving. Most small and slow-growing aortic aneurysms don’t rupture, but large, fast-growing aortic aneurysms may. Depending on the size and rate at which the aortic aneurysm is growing, treatment may vary from watchful waiting to emergency surgery. Once an aortic aneurysm is found, doctors will closely monitor it so that surgery can be planned if it’s necessary.
Ultrasound of the carotid artery in the neck screens for blockages that indicate an increased risk of stroke. The information from the ultrasound can determine what kind of treatment you may need to lower your risk of stroke.
Ultrasound of the ankle monitors blood flow and identifies blockages, called stenosis, and abnormalities like blood clots and plaque.
Arteriosclerosis is a common circulatory problem that involves all arteries. It causes heart attacks, strokes and claudication, which is pain due to poor blood supply in the legs during walking. Often, you can successfully treat peripheral artery disease by quitting tobacco, exercising and eating a healthy diet.
Screening with ultrasound is simple, cost efficient, pain free and reliable.