Arteries and veins work to carry blood to and from your heart. There are several tests to examine blood flow in your arms and legs that can tell your physician if there are any blockages or narrow passages in your veins or arteries. If your veins are not working properly, you may be diagnosed with peripheral vascular disease (PVD). If your arteries are not working properly you may be diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Dr. P. Phillips Hospital offers two types of non-invasive peripheral vascular testing methods, including a Venous Doppler and an Ankle Brachial Index.
Veins carry blood into your heart. A Venous Doppler is an ultrasound test that uses sound waves to examine problems with veins and blood flow. A technician, or sonographer, will perform the test by passing a small instrument called a transducer over your arms or legs. The transducer sends sound waves into the body, which are reflected back and recorded. The resulting image can help your doctor determine if your veins are functioning properly.
Your doctor may recommend an Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) if you experience leg pain while walking or exercising. Arteries carry blood away from the heart, and an ABI will tell your doctor if the arteries are functioning properly or if you are at risk for PAD. This non-invasive test is done by measuring the blood pressure in the arm and at your ankle. The ABI is calculated by dividing the highest blood pressure at the ankle by the highest blood pressure in either arm.
Please consult your physician if you have questions about peripheral vascular testing, peripheral vascular disease (PVD) or peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
The Cardiovascular Department at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital provides diagnostic tests to assist physicians in diagnosing heart disease. Diagnostic tests include:
The Lab is open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm and is located on the 1st floor of Dr. P. Phillips Hospital. Please allow approximately 1 hour for this procedure to be completed.
There is no preparation necessary for this visit.
Please call 321-841-5274 to schedule your appointment today.