Vascular Disease

How is Vascular Disease diagnosed?

Some people experience the symptoms of vascular disease, also known as peripheral artery disease, such as leg pain or sores on the feet that heal slowly or not at all. But many people do not experience any symptoms until the disease has progressed to critical stages.

Vascular ultrasound, performed in our nationally accredited centers, is the cornerstone for the non-invasive diagnosis of vascular disease. Duplex Ultrasonography is a painless, radiation-free test that uses high frequency sound waves to measure blood flow and detect the narrowing of arteries. Two other typical tests include:

  • Ankle Brachial Index – A test done by measuring blood pressure in the arm and at the ankle while a person is at rest and also when walking on a treadmill. Compared to the arm, lower blood pressure in the leg is an indication of blocked arteries.
  • Arteriogram – This imaging test uses x-rays and a special dye to see inside the arteries.

How is Vascular Disease treated?

When treating vascular disease, our goal is to reduce your symptoms and lower your risk of developing heart disease. We are able to perform a wide range of procedures including:

  • Angioplasty/Stenting – A technique used to treat severely blocked arteries in the heart and limbs.
  • Carotid Stenting – Implanting a small metal mesh device to keep the carotid artery open.
  • Endovascular Stent Grafts – A minimally invasive procedure used to repair an aneurysm, which is a weakened and enlarged section of an artery.
  • Venous Thrombectomy – A procedure to remove a blood clot from a leg vein.