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Private Stroke Screening

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Barbinsglos

Barbinsglos Report 4 Dec 2012 19:05

A private screening company contacted me last week. They will be in my area soon and and are inviting people to come forward for a variety of scans.

At first I thought it might be some sort of scam so checked with The Care Quality Commission.

I had 3 mini strokes in 2004 and was found in hospital scans to have a build up of plaque in the Carotid artery. My doctor followed this up with medication.

No further problems except for dizziness. So I thought it wouldn't be a bad idea to have a check up privately. The only way to get another from doctor would be to have more symptoms. I think its a good idea to see how things are 8 years on.

Has anyone else opted for this.and have views on it

Island

Island Report 4 Dec 2012 19:10

just being nosey Barb.
Not something I or mine have experience of but anything that can do early detection of anything has to be a good thing.

Barbinsglos

Barbinsglos Report 4 Dec 2012 19:17

I think so to Island. Just feeling a bit nervous about it

Like, what you don't know you cant worry about.

Its £60 and you get a full report sent within 3 weeks.

 Sue In Yorkshire.

Sue In Yorkshire. Report 4 Dec 2012 19:18

Hope you don't think I am putting a downer on it.

But how much is it going to cost..???

Bet it's around £100

JustGinnie

JustGinnie Report 4 Dec 2012 19:21

I have had a letter similar to yours but we had to pay £130 approx to have the scans, as I couldn't afford that I didn't look into it further.

Barbinsglos

Barbinsglos Report 4 Dec 2012 19:38

Its £149 for 5 different screenings but I only booked 1 for £60. Had to pay £15 dep over the phone and the rest on the day. I checked on my account as I dont trust anyone and just that amount had been taken.

LindainHerriotCountry

LindainHerriotCountry Report 4 Dec 2012 19:42

Yes, we had them done a few weeks ago. there are different packages you can have depending on what you opt for. The set up is very efficient, they tell you immediately if there is a problem, otherwise, it takes a couple of weeks for them to send the results. You get a summary to give to your GP.

Yes I know in an ideal world, it would be done on the NHS, but it isn't. OH's father died from a burst aneurysm, so it was reassuring for him to be able to be scanned for this

Robert

Robert Report 4 Dec 2012 19:44

If it were me, I'd discuss it with my GP before I did anything.

GRMarilyn

GRMarilyn Report 4 Dec 2012 19:45

Myself and Hubby has had it done 2 months ago cost £278 for two.

They are not Doctors that give you the tests ....but are returned to a Doctor for examination of your results....

Luckily we were given good results 8 days later.

The tests are very simple nothing to fear !

As we travel a lot we wanted piece of mind ....worth it for us . :-)

I consulted my doctor first ..... doctor said if you can afford it .....have it done.

Glad we did. :-D

LindainHerriotCountry

LindainHerriotCountry Report 4 Dec 2012 19:47

We asked our doctor and she said go for it if you can afford it

Barbinsglos

Barbinsglos Report 4 Dec 2012 19:48

Linda thankyou. just what I wanted to hear.

Mum had a bad stroke when she was only 63 and I am a worrier.

My brother had a burst aneurysm too but luckily survived

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 4 Dec 2012 19:59

Sounds like good value for peace of mind. I get a bit concerned because my mum and her brother both died from a ruptured aortic aneurism.

GRMarilyn

GRMarilyn Report 4 Dec 2012 20:02

Forgot to add...

This is one of the Tests ....Aorta Scan

Men over 65yrs can have an Aorta Aneurysm Scan Screening for FREE under the national health .

My hubby had this too before we had the private one....but you have to ASK the doctor for it !!

Not available for women.....YET !! :-0

Barbinsglos

Barbinsglos Report 4 Dec 2012 20:05

Sorry I was a bit out of sync. Answering the phone

Thanks for all your replies. I feel a lot happier about it now.

:-D

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 4 Dec 2012 21:14

Yes my oh has had the aorta scan.

Gins

Gins Report 4 Dec 2012 21:18

I'm not sure about this at all :-S

Cant we get this on our NHS?

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