Nearly 88 million Americans have prediabetes, and a whopping 84% of those people don’t even know they have it. Left untreated, prediabetes can lead to diabetes, which opens the door to a plethora of complications.
But what if you could detect the first inkling of prediabetes or diabetes and work to prevent those complications? With VitalScan Plus, you can. This is a diagnostic test that assesses your risks for several diseases (including diabetes) so you can take action at the first sign of trouble.
Here at Louisiana Cardiovascular & Thoracic Institute, Dr. Gary P. Jones and our compassionate team value the power of early detection. VitalScan Plus is available at our office in Alexandria, Louisiana.
What is VitalScan Plus?
VitalScan ANS+, sometimes called just VitalScan Plus, is a painless, noninvasive diagnostic test. It is fully automated, and the testing equipment gauges your health and uncovers hidden disease in just 15 minutes.
There are a variety of assessments conducted during the scan, including:
- ECG analysis
- Overall health risk factor
- Pulse wave velocity
- Comprehensive autonomic function analysis (ANS)
- Reflection index (RI)
- Stiffness index (SI)
- Peripheral arterial tone assessment (PAT)
- Arterial vascular assessment
- Endothelial dysfunction
- Ankle-brachial index (ABI)
- Augmentation index (AI)
This above is just a small sample of the various tests, but together the assessments can provide a snapshot of your health, identify disorders of the autonomic nervous system, and even uncover major illnesses.
Identify hidden health risks
Based on the results of your assessments, the VitalScan ANS+ system can identify if you’re at risk for several serious conditions including sudden death, silent heart attack, hypertension, syncope, other vascular abnormalities, and other hidden diseases.
The scan can also identify if you’re at risk for cardiac autonomic neuropathy (CAN) or
diabetic autonomic neuropathy (DAN). Autonomic neuropathy is a nervous system disorder that occurs when nerve damage affects everyday bodily functions, such as blood pressure, heart rate, sweating, and digestion. The American Diabetes Association recommends testing the autonomic nervous system if you have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.
Why should you consider VitalScan Plus?
Did you know the VitalScan Plus can serve as a health barometer, to establish your baseline and assess your health risks? Your results may influence whether or not you start a specific treatment plan. Your results can also predict the progression of obesity, hypertension, and diabetes.
As a health barometer, your scan results can shape your future treatment and help you reduce complications from hidden diseases as they progress. Early detection may find potential problems, which allows you to start treatments before the issues escalate.
If you have any signs of diabetes, thyroid disease, liver disease, kidney disease, HIV, or autoimmune disease, we suggest getting tested every three years.
To schedule your scan, call our office at 318-353-2722 or use our online booking tool to request an appointment.