VASCULAR TESTING

What is vascular testing?

Vascular testing uses methods to assess and evaluate your blood vessels, looking for narrowed or weakened areas that could result in an increased risk for serious medical issues like stroke, heart attack or aneurysm.

How is vascular testing performed?

Vascular testing uses two primary techniques:

  • Measuring the blood pressure in your extremities – arms and legs – using blood pressure cuffs to identify discrepancies in pressures as well as areas of low blood pressure that could indicate a blockage in a vessel; and,

  • Ultrasound to see inside your blood vessels to assess the health of the vessels as well as to see how the blood is flowing.

Vascular testing is noninvasive, painless and is performed in the office on an outpatient basis.

What vessels can be tested?

Vascular testing can be used to assess circulation in man areas of the body. Some of the most common applications include:

  • Carotid artery ultrasound

  • Aortic abdominal aneurysm screening

  • Peripheral artery disease (APD)

  • Renal artery ultrasound

  • Vein mapping

Vascular testing can also be used to evaluate how well a graft is performing after a surgery such as coronary bypass.

What is an aneurysm?

An aneurysm is a weakened area in a vessel that can bulge out over time and in some cases may burst, causing shock and even death.

What symptoms do abdominal aneurysms cause?

Although abdominal aneurysms may cause pain and discomfort in the abdomen and chest, many aneurysms cause no symptoms at all until they finally burst, which is what makes screening so very important, especially in people who have ever smoked (even if you quit many years ago) and those with a family history of aneurysm.

How is an aneurysm treated?

Depending on the size and location, it may be monitored or it may need to be treated surgically.