Non-Invasive Vascular Ultrasound Services

2012 marks the 15th anniversary of Pacific Vascular Inc. (PVI)’s educational division, Pacific Vascular Institute for Continuing Medical Education (PVICME).  In 1997, PVI formally consolidated its many years of clinical experience in vascular ultrasound education in the formation of PVICME.  PVICME continues to fulfill part of PVI’s corporate philosophy, “To promote the understanding of noninvasive vascular diagnosis” and takes this role seriously, with all courses focused entirely on vascular ultrasound exams and diagnosis.  PVI is passionate about patient care and the field of non-invasive diagnosis of vascular disease.  Our courses are designed for physicians, sonographers, technologists, and other related healthcare professionals to learn the concepts of vascular ultrasound and how to apply them to diagnosis.  It is our goal for all learners to embrace this information and ultimately to give all learners the knowledge, resources, and confidence to excel in this field.

We value our opportunities to improve patient care around the globe through our educational courses as well as our online and DVD based educational activities.  For these reasons and more, we are very excited to celebrate this milestone and we look forward to sharing our experience for another 15 years!   

 Celebrate with us…  PVICME is offering a 15% discount on group enrollment for our spring courses.  For details, call (425)398-7772.  For our course schedule, click here

PVICME is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians and SVU CME credit for technologists.

 visit us at www.pvicme.com

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The new 2011 ACCF/AHA Guidelines for the Management of Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) were recently released from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. They recommend that the ABI (ankle/brachial index) exam should be used to establish lower extremity PAD diagnosis all individuals

  • Age 65 and older
  • Age 50 years or older with a history of smoking or diabetes
  • Who have leg pain with walking
  • Who have non-healing wounds

 Peripheral Arterial Disease, also known as PAD, affects 8-12 million people in the United States, and is a common, yet serious, disease that raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.

 PAD develops when the arteries are clogged with plaque made of cholesterol or other fatty materials, eventually resulting in severe leg pain or even amputation. However, almost half of people with PAD don’t even know they have it because they do not have symptoms!

 The ABI test (ankle/brachial index) is a screening exam that is used for the diagnosis of PAD. It is a painless ultrasound exam that involves comparing the blood pressure in the ankle to the blood pressure in the arm.

 Futura Health Screening offers this affordable screening exam for the low price of $45. No doctor’s referral is necessary. Call (425) 398-7797 or (866) 486-4882 to schedule a screening. If you have symptoms, such as leg pain or non-healing wounds, please ask your doctor about ordering this exam.

 For more information about PAD and how to prevent it, please visit Futura’s website at http://www.futurahealthscreening.com/.

Planning for PVICME’s fall schedule is in full swing.   This year”s schedule offers a new one day class on Venous Insufficiency.  The course will be taught by Lisa McAdam, BS, RVT.   Lisa is also a senior technologist for Pacific Vascular as well as a member of the PVICME faculty.   Lisa will share her knowledge of the complexity of venous insufficiency evaluation and various means of therapy.  Ben Lerner, MD, Vascular Surgeon and Pacific Vascular Associate Physician, will focus on the EVLT vs. RF vs. vein stripping and treatment. There will also be a discussion of  what physicians should be asking of the technologists who are performing  the scans.   It promises to be a great course and you will want to make sure to register early at www.pvicme.com. 

Are you are over 50, have high blood pressure, are a past or current smoker, or have high cholesterol? If so, then you are at risk for vascular disease, such as stroke, aneurysms and peripheral arterial disease (leg artery blockage).

Futura Health Screening will be offering accurate and affordable screening exams from 9 am to 3 pm on Wednesday, May 25, hosted by Merrill Gardens at Admiral Heights, 2326 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA.

Strokes occur when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and vital nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. The presence of carotid artery blockage, also known as stenosis, is the leading cause of strokes.

An estimated 20 to 30 million Americans are at risk for vascular diseases such as stroke, peripheral arterial disease and aortic aneurysm. Preventative screening allows for early detection and treatment before a catastrophic event, such as a stroke or aneurysm rupture.

The screening exams include carotid artery ultrasound to detect stroke-causing plaque, abdominal aortic ultrasound to detect an aneurysm, and ankle brachial index (ABI) to detect peripheral arterial disease in the legs. The screenings are painless and take about 15 minutes to perform.

Screenings are $45 each or $125 for all three. No doctor referral is necessary. Pre-registration is required. Call (425) 398-7797 to schedule a screening.

Futura Health Screening is the only ICAVL accredited non-invasive vascular screening program in Washington State. Futura Health Screening is a division of Pacific Vascular, Inc., the largest provider of vascular ultrasound testing in the Northwest.

Merrill Gardens at Admiral Heights is located in the heart of West Seattle offering independent and assisted living and respite care.

May is National Stroke Awareness month. In order to understand your risk factors and the symptoms of stroke, Futura Health Screening will be offering preventative stroke and vascular screenings on Wednesday, May 25, from 9 am to 3 pm, hosted by Merrill Gardens at Admiral Heights, 2326 California Ave SW, Seattle,WA.

Stroke is a leading cause of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. According to the American Stroke Association, approximately 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke each year and about 75% of all strokes occur without warning symptoms.

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Come check us out and get a coupon for discounted vascular screenings. We are participating at The Trilogy Wellness & Fitness Expo in Redmond, WA from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Futura, along with Swedish Medical Center and other health and wellness experts in the area, will be there to answer questions and provide educational materials to the community of Redmond Ridge. For directions, click here.

The seniors of West Seattle were provided free PAD screening exams to check for leg artery blockages on March 29, 2011 at the Senior Center of West Seattle. Twenty-five participated in the free screening offer; 4 with abnormal results (16%), indicating the presence of peripheral arterial disease, or PAD.

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