January 28, 2020

We are excited to introduce and offer three new outpatient services this month.  These services include Calcium Scoring for Artery Disease and Lung Cancer Screening, both offered in our Radiology Department, as well as a Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Program, offered through our Cardiac Rehabilitation Department.

Calcium Scoring for Artery Disease allows for the detection of heart disease at its earliest, most treatable stage.  The non-invasive test uses a CT scan to measure the amount of calcified plaque in coronary arteries.  This provides a “calcium score” which helps physicians calculate an individual’s risk of developing coronary artery disease-related (CAD-related) events such as a heart attack or stroke.  The opportunity to detect artery disease earlier allows for the development of a treatment plan best suited for the patient to reduce the risk for these CAD-related events.

A low dose CT Lung Cancer Screening is now being offered to detect lung cancer earlier than ever before.  This screening is for patients who are 55 – 75 years of age, currently a smoker or have quit smoking within the past 15 years, smoking 30 or more packs of cigarettes per year, with no signs or symptoms of lung cancer.  Early detection of lung cancer allows for a quicker diagnosis and development of a patient-specific plan of care.

The Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Program is a 12-week supervised exercise therapy program used to decrease pain in patients with PAD or intermittent claudication in their extremities. This service is performed in our Physical Thearpy Department.

Offering expanded outpatient services such as the Calcium Scoring for Artery Disease, Lung Cancer Screening and the Peripheral Artery Disease Program allows for Van Diest Medical Center and Clinics to improve care, provide local and convenient access to these services, while decreasing travel for patients to have healthcare services done in other locations.

Provider referral required for all services. Call 515.832.7800 to schedule an appointment with your provider today!

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