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Vascular screenings which are offered at Harlingen Medical Center are helping in the prevention of heart and vascular disease – and can be a potentially life-saving Father’s Day gift for many men who may be at risk in the Rio Grande Valley.

During the month of June, in observance of Father’s Day, Harlingen Medical Center will offer its vascular screenings for a special rate of $139. During the three-part non-invasive vascular screening, the Radiology and Imaging Services Department at Harlingen Medical Center will take an image of the patient’s:

  1. Carotid Artery
  2. Abdominal Aorta
  3. Peripheral Arteries

The carotid artery (in the neck area, leading to the brain) is screened for buildup of fatty plaque, which can lead to a stroke or “brain attack” if left untreated.

The abdominal aorta (located in the area near the intestines, kidneys and stomach) is screened for the presence of a dangerous aneurysm (a bulge in the blood vessel), which can lead to a ruptured artery and cause instantaneous death.

The peripheral arteries (in the legs) are screened for plaque buildup in the lower extremities, which if present can lead to Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). This condition increases the risk of heart attack or stroke, and if left untreated can result in the patient having to have their leg amputated.

Rio Grande Valley residents can receive the three screenings in one convenient visit, all in the same room at the Radiology and Imaging Services Department at Harlingen Medical Center), 5501 S. Expressway 77 in Harlingen. The tests take a total of about 45 minutes to complete. Most insurance companies usually do not cover the cost of this screening unless the person has already suffered symptoms of heart disease.

If you wish to register for the vascular screenings, please call the Scheduling Department at Harlingen Medical Center at 956-365-1839 to schedule your appointment.