Cardiovascular Disease Screening in Galway, Ireland

A 15 Minute Screening Could Save Your Life.

Cardiovascular disease is Ireland’s number one killer

It can be stopped in it’s tracks

Each year in Ireland more people die from cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, than all cancers combined.

It accounts for over one third of overall deaths in Ireland. In many cases, this is a silent killer causing heart attack, stroke, lack of blood flow to your legs or aneurysm. Now a simple ultrasound screening can save your life and takes just 15 minutes. It could be the best 15 minutes of your life.

We have established a vascular screening program in the vascular laboratory, pioneering combined testing for cardiovascular diseases for a number of patients.

If you have family history or one of the following complaints we would recommend that you book an appointment to be screened. The screening program provides quick, accurate and minimally invasive testing.

It is a quick process taking around 15 minutes. Should the results indicate an issue you will have a consultant on hand to educate you on the matter.

Please note the vascular screening is covered by most insurance plans as long as you have a GP referral letter.

Similar to the rest of the modern world, cardiovascular disease is the leading killer in Ireland. Vascular deaths in Ireland far exceed those from all forms of cancer combined (approximately 10,000 people per year). To help in the fight against cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, we have established a vascular screening program in the vascular laboratory, pioneering combined testing for overall cardiovascular disease.

The screening program provides quick, accurate and minimally invasive testing for abdominal aortic aneurysms and leading causes of stroke. To date we have screened more than 1,500 patients with a 25% pick-up rate.

Please note the vascular screening is covered by most insurance plans as long as you have a GP referral letter.

5,200 people die annually from smoking related diseases in Ireland. Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke damages the heart and blood vessels in many ways. Smoking is also a major risk factor for developing heart disease. Smoking raises blood pressure, which increases the risk of stroke in people who already have high blood pressure.

To help in the fight against cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, we have established a vascular screening program in the vascular laboratory, pioneering combined testing for overall cardiovascular disease.

The screening program provides quick, accurate and minimally invasive testing for abdominal aortic aneurysms and leading causes of stroke. To date we have screened more than 1,500 patients with a 25% pick-up rate.

Please note the vascular screening is covered by most insurance plans as long as you have a GP referral letter.

Screening is especially vital for anyone with a family history of cardiovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease or aortic aneurysm. Four out of five adults aged over 45 are affected by high cholesterol levels – however, two thirds of these cases go untreated. When there is too much cholesterol in your blood, it builds up in the walls of your arteries, causing a process called atherosclerosis, a form of heart disease. The arteries become narrowed and blood flow to the heart muscle is slowed down or blocked. The main risk associated with high cholesterol is coronary heart disease (CHD).

If you have family history or are inactive or overweight we would recommend that you book an appointment to be screened. The screening program provides quick, accurate and minimally invasive testing.

It is a quick process taking around 15 minutes. Should the results indicate an issue you will have a consultant on hand to educate you on the matter.

Please note the vascular screening is covered by most insurance plans as long as you have a GP referral letter.

Around 30-40% of people in Ireland have high blood pressure but many don’t know it. High blood pressure can also cause ischemic heart disease. This means that the heart muscle isn’t getting enough blood. Ischemic heart disease is usually the result of atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries (coronary artery disease), which impedes blood flow to the heart.

A heart attack is the result of a blocked blood supply to the heart muscle tissue. This can happen when the arteries to the heart become thicker and harder from a buildup of plaque. High blood pressure causes scarred arteries that fill up with plaque and become more prone to blood clots.

To help in the fight against cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, we have established a vascular screening program in the vascular laboratory, pioneering combined testing for overall cardiovascular disease.

The screening program provides quick, accurate and minimally invasive testing for abdominal aortic aneurysms and leading causes of stroke. To date we have screened more than 1,500 patients with a 25% pick-up rate.

Please note the vascular screening is covered by most insurance plans as long as you have a GP referral letter.

There are 200,000 people in Ireland with diabetes, yet 50 per cent of those people are unaware of their condition. If you have diabetes, you are at least twice as likely as someone who does not have diabetes to have heart disease or a stroke. People with diabetes also tend to develop heart disease or have strokes at an earlier age than other people. If you are middle-aged and have type 2 diabetes, some studies suggest that your chance of having a heart attack is as high as someone without diabetes who has already had one heart attack.

To help in the fight against cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, we have established a diabetes screening program in the vascular laboratory, pioneering combined testing for overall cardiovascular disease.

The screening program provides quick, accurate and minimally invasive testing for abdominal aortic aneurysms and leading causes of stroke. To date we have screened more than 1,500 patients with a 25% pick-up rate.

Please note the vascular screening is covered by most insurance plans as long as you have a GP referral letter.

As many as one in 10 Irish people are estimated to have some form of chronic kidney disease, the Irish Kidney Association (IKA) has warned. A strong relationship between chronic kidney disease (CKD) and accelerated cardiovascular disease, defined as the cardiorenal syndrome, is well documented, whether the initial event is in the kidney or in the heart. In the kidney context, mechanisms that link CKD and cardiovascular disease (CVD) involve both conventional and CKD (uremia)-related CVD risk factors.

To help in the fight against cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, we have established a vascular screening program in the vascular laboratory, pioneering combined testing for overall cardiovascular disease.

The screening program provides quick, accurate and minimally invasive testing for abdominal aortic aneurysms and leading causes of stroke. To date we have screened more than 1,500 patients with a 25% pick-up rate.

Please note the vascular screening is covered by most insurance plans as long as you have a GP referral letter.

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The Western Vascular Clinic as a Centre of Excellence at The Galway Clinic provides an expert screening service.

The screening is a simple test performed by world-renowned experts. If any further treatment is required, you are in the hands of a top surgeon, in one the most technologically advanced medical suites in Europe. One of only two of it’s kind in the country.

Each year we screen on average 1,000 patients. From those, we successfully carry out 350 procedures, 65 of which are to prevent stroke, 90 for aneurysm repair and 140 to prevent amputation.

Those over the age of 55 years of age are at highest risk but all ages and lifestyles can be affected by cardiovascular disease. Waiting time is generally short and , subject to schedule. Please check with your insurance company as most non-invasive vascular tests are covered with a referral from your general practitioner.