Peripheral Vascular

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Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition that occurs outside of the heart or brain. Arteries narrow down or get blocked due to atherosclerosis or plaque build-up. It most commonly affects the arteries in the legs. Peripheral Vascular Doppler may be used to help evaluate your condition. Based on the rest results, bypass surgery or interventional procedures such as angioplasty, catheter-directed thrombolysis, or atherectomy may be used to help improve blood flow.

This test is done to look at the condition of arteries and veins. Sometimes, arteriography and venography may be needed later. The test is done to help diagnose:

  • Arteriosclerosis of the arms or legs
  • Blood clot (deep vein thrombosis)
  • Venous insufficiency. Varicose veins.
  • Look at injury to the arteries
  • Monitor arterial reconstruction and bypass grafts
What happens during Peripheral Vascular Doppler Test?

This test uses sound waves to create images of the arteries and locate blockages. A water-based gel is placed on a transducer. This device directs high-frequency sound waves to the artery or veins being tested. Blood pressure cuffs may be placed around different parts of the body, including the thigh, calf, ankle, and different points along the arm. There are no risks associated with the procedure. 

  • Don’t smoke or drink alcohol before the test. 
  • No other requirements are needed. 
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