New Britain General campus:
North Building, ground floor
(Physician referral not required)
The hospital's Vascular Center is staffed by surgeons, cardiologists and interventional radiologists experienced in diagnosing and treating conditions involving the body's blood vessels. You'll be seen by one of the specialists during your first appointment, and many tests may be performed that same day.
The center treats a variety of conditions. Two of the most common are peripheral vascular disease (PVD)
— blockage in the leg arteries — and abdominal aortic aneurysms
- which occur when a section of the artery supplying blood to the abdomen, pelvis and legs enlarges abnormally or balloons out.
Treatments may include lifestyle changes, medications, less-invasive surgical "endovascular" procedures and traditional surgical techniques such as bypass.
Physician referral is not required. You can be pre-registered for appointments by phone. The day of your appointment, you do not have to stop at the hospital Admitting Department, but report directly to the Vascular Center.
When and Where
11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays, by appointment only
New Britain General campus.
Fee and Scheduling
Fee - $50 (not covered by insurance or Medicare)
To schedule, call (860) 224-5193, M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
HCC's Vascular Center offers three non-invasive, painless exams in 30 minutes.
- A neck ultrasound to assess your carotid arteries, which supply blood to the brain
- An abdominal ultrasound to assess the aorta, a major blood vessel that can develop an aneurysm, or bubble, in the vessel wall
- Blood pressures of each arm and leg to screen for peripheral arterial disease
A board-certified ultrasound technologist and registered nurse will take your medical history and conduct screenings. A board-certified radiologist will evaluate findings, and we'll send your physician a report.
Vascular screening is not covered by insurance or Medicare. We offer these screening exams for the very small fee of $50 because we want to intervene before our patients become symptomatic or have serious complications from an underlying vascular problem.
For information or to schedule a screening, call the Vascular Center, (860) 224-5193.