SF adds arterial brachial index testing to CVT clinic offerings

For the past eight years, the Cardiovascular Technology (CVT) program at Santa Fe College has offered free carotid artery and heart ultrasound tests. The tests are part of the term 3 students’ final grade, and allows them an opportunity to perform the tests before they begin their clinical rotations.

This year, the CVT clinic will also offer Arterial Brachial Index tests, which involve blood pressure cuffs being placed on various parts of the body to detect Peripheral Artery Disease.

Carotid artery and heart ultrasounds are painless and harmless tests that use high frequency sound waves to create pictures of the inside of arteries and heart valves. In the past, the clinic has been able to find blocked arteries and recommend patients to see their doctor, preventing many dangerous complications. The CVT clinic will not provide a diagnosis, but merely a recommendation that an individual see their doctor for further testing.

The clinic is free and open to the public, 18 years and older, on the following dates by appointment only: Jan. 24 and 21; Feb. 7, 21 and 28; March 14 and 28; April 11 and 25

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Jennifer Weeks at jennifer.weeks@sfcollege.edu or 352-395-5972.