New research reveals that ultrasound screening can reveal important cardiovascular diseases, such as atrial fibrillation, chronic kidney disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm and carotid artery disease, claims Life Line Screening. This technique is capable of showing these health problems early on, thus increasing the chances of recovery. In addition, ultrasound screening gives patients real-time visual information about their bodies, so it can motivate them to make any needed lifestyle changes.
Another potential benefit of ultrasound screening is that by screening the functions of the kidneys in individuals with sub-clinical cardiovascular disease, it might identify those at risk for chronic kidney disease. If they are identified, then treatment can begin early, says Life Line Screening.
Screening for asymptomatic atrial fibrillation in seniors (individuals aged 65 and above) may be an inexpensive way of reducing the risk of stroke and premature death. Individuals with asymptomatic carotid artery disease have a high risk of developing cardiovascular problems in the next 10 years, reports Life Line Screening. Because of this, they should be on medical therapy, which includes an aspirin regimen and medication for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. However, data gathered in the U.K. suggests that 75 percent of the individuals who are at risk were not taking aspirin and more than 60 percent were not taking any blood pressure medicine.