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May 11

Blood Pressure: Know Your Numbers

When it comes to your “health numbers,” your two blood pressure values are important to know—and keep under control. Millions of Americans have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. It is the most common risk factor for heart attack and stroke. High blood pressure can also lead to kidney failure, aneurysm (weakening or bulging […]

May 11

May is Stroke Awareness Month – Be Stroke Smart

May is Stroke Awareness Month – Be Stroke Smart Every year nearly 800,000 Americans have a stroke. Stroke can affect anyone at any time. Although risk increases with age, young- and middle-aged adults, children and even newborns are all susceptible. Stroke is the third leading cause of death for U.S. women, and the fifth for […]

Feb 11

Paying out of pocket for your Ultrasound Exam?

You don’t need a doctor’s order to have an ultrasound performed and interpreted. Cash pay discounts. Ultrasound Cost Summary & Tips Not all ultrasound procedures will be paid for by your insurance carrier so it’s important to know what you are being charged for each and every procedure. If you will be responsible for paying […]

Feb 10

Heart disease strikes someone in the U.S. about once every 34 seconds

Heart disease strikes someone in the U.S. about once every 34 seconds and claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined.  While men are struck with heart disease at a generally younger age, women have a greater risk of death. In honor of American Heart Month, Ultrasound Laboratories, Inc and SmartHealth Screening is helping […]

Nov 9

Ultrasound Image: 80-99% ICA stenosis

Aug 7

What is “Heart Failure”?

Congestive heart failure isn’t really a complete diagnosis, but actually a condition in which the heart muscle is failing to function or pump normally. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, difficulty lying flat, sudden weight gain, and swollen extremities and abdominal bloating from fluid retention. Fluid can accumulate in the legs due to weakness […]

Jul 13

Noninvasive Treatment for Varicose Veins

What Are My Options for Non-invasive Treatments for Varicose Veins? Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged, and painful veins that fill with blood. They usually develop in the legs and are raised above the surface of the skin. They are not life-threatening, but can cause discomfort and may be unsightly. Some people with venous valve reflux […]

May 30

Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms reduce death rates

Source: The Irish Times   Muiris Houston Tue, May 28, 2013 Although never cut out (!) to be a surgeon, I have fond memories of being a surgical intern. For three months I worked with Prof Greg Shanik, Mr Dermot Moore and their wonderful team at St James’s Hospital. They specialised in vascular surgery – essentially correcting abnormalities […]

May 26

Varicose Veins: Questions Answered

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red, or flesh-colored. They often look like cords and appear twisted and bulging. They can be swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are often found on the thighs, backs of the calves, or the inside of the leg. During pregnancy, varicose […]

May 21

Ultrasound Practitioners

Ultrasound Practitioners By Joyce Ward, CNMT, RT(N) With the rapid growth in the number and types of ultrasound procedures being conducted, a growing number of experts believe there is a need for someone to perform and/or interpret ultra sound examinations. Anticipating that an “ultrasound practitioner” could fill this role, the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers […]