What is Venous Screening?
Venous screening is the assessment that will help determine how at risk you are for developing Venous Disease. Few people are aware of the serious problems that can develop in the veins. Knowing your risk factors can help your doctor diagnose you and help you and your doctor decide which treatments are right for you, and may even save your life when the prevention of venous thrombolism is applied.
Are you at risk for…
- Blood clots?
- Pulmonary Embolism?
Do you have…
- Varicose or spider veins?
- Leg pain?
- Leg swelling?
Did you know….
- Dangerous blood clots form in the leg veins of millions of Americans each year.
- These blood clots can break loose and travel to the lungs, killing an estimated
100,000-180,000 Americans each year.
- 10 – 35% of adults have leg veins that do not work properly.
- Half a million Americans have ulcers in their legs caused by diseased veins.
The American Venous Forum has created screening programs to educate the public about DVT, risk factors, prevention and treatment options. These programs will assess the risk factors of all participants, and provide education to each person.
Frequently asked questions:
- Who should get screened?
- Why get screened?
- What to expect expect from screening?
- What options are available for screening?
- How to find screening locations?
- What is online screening?
Who should get screened?
Your risk of venous disease increases with the following factors:
- Prior history of a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT, blood clot)
- Family history of a DVT or Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
- Congestive heart failure
- Acute infection
- Cancer therapy
- Restricted mobility
- Intensive care admission
- Estrogen use, oral contraceptives
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Varicose veins
Often venous disease goes undetected and undiagnosed because there may be no symptoms. Screening offers an opportunity to know if you are at risk or have venous disease so that you may be treated as soon as possible with appropriate therapy.
Why get screened?
- Few people are aware of serious problems that can develop in the veins.
- Venous disease can affect all age groups.
- Venous disease is common-more than 24million American’s have varicose veins and 6 million have advanced problems associated with chronic venous insufficiency.
- As the populations ages, the incidenceof DVT and PE increases sharply. Knowing your risk factors is an important first step in prevention.
- Venous disease can cause long term disability that may make it difficult to work at home or on the job.
- Early detection can help. Teaching people about their risk factors can lead prevention.
- Screening is simple to do and can provide important information to you about your risk of venous disease.
- Venous screening is a public service program supported by the American Venous Forum (AVF).
What to expect from screening?
The screening is absolutely free. At the time of arrival, participants are required to sign a participant release form. The screening process consists of these simple steps:
- Brief questionnaire about medications and medical conditions that could increase the risk of venous disease.
- Simple ultrasound scan to measure critical vein function and identify vein blockages that contribute to venous congestion.
- Lower extremity inspection for signs of chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins and other conditions contributing to venous leg problems.
During the exit interview, participants will receive a “Venous Report Card” to share with their primary care provider. The whole process takes about 15-20 minutes. Those with abnormal findings are encouraged to contact their physicians directly, and will receive disease-appropriate educational materials.
What options are available for screening?
Comprehensive venous screening program
Participants also complete a Venous Thrombo-Embolism (VTE) risk questionnaire evaluating their risk for VTE in a high risk situation and have their legs examined by a qualified professional. An ultrasound exam of both legs is performed to detect failure of the vein valves (venous insufficiency) or blockages in the veins. All participants receive educational materials about venous disease, as well as a report card to bring to their primary care provider.
Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) risk assessment screening program
The VTE risk assessment screening programs isa simple and easy questionnaire that allows health care providers to interpret your risk for a Deep vein Thrombosis (DVT). All participants receive educational materials about VTE as well as a report card intended to be shared with their primary care provider.
Web venous screening portal (Online)
Our web based online screening allows any one to complete a venous disease self assessment for VTE risk and other venous problems. Educational materials are available for downloading as well as a printable report card that can be brought to a primary care physician.