Peripheral vascular doppler ultrasound is a non-invasive cardiovascular testing procedure that is typically recommended for patients who are experiencing symptoms of peripheral artery disease (PAD). While there are several types of peripheral ultrasounds, each one uses ultrasonic sound waves as a means of detecting blood flow within the arteries and veins. In most cases, a peripheral vascular Doppler ultrasound refers to the study of blood vessels in the lower extremities or the limbs.
If you are experiencing the following symptoms or conditions, Dr. Corrielus may use a peripheral vascular Doppler ultrasound to investigate the cause:
- Pain, swelling or increased warmth or coolness in the extremity
- Bulging veins
- Difficulty finding pulses
- Poor circulation
- Blood clot
- Poor blood vessel function
Artery Disease Testing
At Corrielus Cardiology, we use medical history, family history, a physical exam and cardiac testing when diagnosing Peripheral artery disease. If you are at high risk for PAD or if you are experiencing symptoms, a Doppler ultrasound can be an effective approach to test for artery disease. During this test, a handheld device is placed on your skin and passed back and forth over the affected areas, which is typically the legs during a peripheral vascular ultrasound. A computer will then convert the high-frequency sound waves into live images of blood flow within the arteries and veins. Dr. Corrielus can use your results to determine if you have blood vessels that are narrowing or blocked. This can confirm a diagnosis of PAD or determine the severity of your artery disease.
If you are suffering from heart-related symptoms, never ignore it. At Corrielus Cardiology, we offer a full menu of non-invasive testing services and cardiac screening procedures that can pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. This allows patients to make lifestyle changes and begin a customized treatment plan to restore their heart health before it is too late. To learn more about artery disease testing using Peripheral Vascular Doppler Ultrasound, please contact Corrielus Cardiology in Philadelphia today.