When your doctor says you need vascular tests, it can be a stressful situation to manage. Vascular testing involves examining the blood vessels that service your major organs and tissue. The tests diagnose vascular conditions, including peripheral arterial disease, stroke, aneurysms, and thoracic outlet syndrome. Dr. Sammy Eghbalieh at the Southern California Multi-Specialty Center, has your best health in mind when they order vascular testing. To learn more, call or schedule an appointment online.
Vascular tests determine how well blood flows through your veins and arteries. If you have a blockage, the tests will help discover its location and severity.
Common vascular tests include:
An angiogram is widely considered the best test for evaluating blockages in the arterial system.
What is an angiogram?
An angiogram is an X-ray procedure that diagnoses blockages in arteries.
When you receive an angiogram, an iodine dye is injected into your bloodstream. As a contrast agent, the dye helps your surgeon see blockages. You're awake but given medicine to relax during the procedure.
Diagnostic angiograms usually last around 20 minutes, but may take up to several hours depending on the test’s difficulty. The doctor uses the angiogram results to determine if you need angioplasty, stent or bypass surgery, or whether lesser therapies are advised, such as endovascular surgery.
Vascular testing is not invasive. In fact, most tests don’t cause any discomfort.
A duplex ultrasound evaluates blood flow through your arteries and veins.
During this painless procedure, the ultrasound wand passes over the vessels near your heart. It can also be used to evaluate veins in the legs and the carotid arteries in the neck. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes.
Your vascular surgeon uses this test to diagnose your condition and to develop a proper treatment plan. When Dr. Sammy Eghbalieh at the Southern California Multi-Specialty Center orders a duplex ultrasound, the procedure is done in-office with the practice’s credentialed sonographer in their accredited vascular laboratory.
A carotid duplex test helps measure the rate at which blood flows through your carotid arteries. The test determines whether a blockage caused by plaque accumulating in your arteries is present, which causes carotid artery disease (hardening of the arteries). The carotid duplex test doesn’t require radiation, dye or needles.
The ankle-brachial index (ABI) test measures blood pressure and circulation in the arteries of the thigh, calf, foot, and toes. Inflatable cuffs are placed on your body to complete the test. You’ll feel a similar pressure to that of an arm cuff used during a blood pressure test.
There is no need to visit the hospital to have an ABI test. It can be performed in-office at the Southern California Multi-Specialty Center.