Vascular Testing in West Bridgewater, MA
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what is a vascular test?
Vascular disease is a condition that affects the circulatory system, which includes blood vessels, veins, lymph vessels, and arteries. One vascular problem may be ischemia, which occurs when an inadequate blood supply is delivered to organs, preventing the heart from receiving enough oxygen. Other vascular conditions include varicose veins, inflammatory conditions, thrombus or blood clots, aneurysms, and atherosclerosis or clogging of the arteries. Some symptoms of vascular disease present in the legs as pain, weakness, swelling, soreness, numbness or tingling, or cool, grayish or blue skin. At Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology, board-certified cardiologist Dr. John K. Terzian performs a variety of vascular tests on-site at your convenience. If you suspect you may have decreased blood flow in your neck, arms, or legs, contact our West Bridgewater, MA cardiac team to schedule an appointment with Dr. Terzian.
What Are the Different Types of Vascular Testing?
After conducting a physical exam and gathering your medical history, Dr. Terzian and his cardiac care team may ask you to remove your socks and shoes so they can detect any immediate signs of vascular disease. Dr. Terzian may order a series of blood tests and imaging to detect blood clots or other blockages.
Dr. Terzian may prescribe the following imaging tests to diagnose vascular disease:
Pulse Volume Recording (PVR) study: Blood pressure cuffs are attached and inflated around the arm or leg to evaluate blood flow.
Computed tomography angiography (CTA): This cardiac test combines a CT scan with an intravenous injection of a special dye to generate images of blood vessels and tissues throughout the body.
Catheter angiography: This test detects plaque buildup, aneurysms, and other vessel obstructions using a catheter injected with contrast dye placed in the groin or arm to take x-rays of the blood vessels to be examined.
Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA): This test uses a magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to generate images of blood vessels and arteries to identify occlusions, aneurysms, or other abnormalities.
Vascular ultrasound: Also called a duplex study, this noninvasive test uses high-frequency sound waves to create detailed images of blood flow in the neck, arms, and legs.
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Our heart testing team at Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology provides comprehensive cardiac care and innovative solutions for the treatment of many vascular-related conditions. Dr. Terzian and his expert team are committed to providing exceptional patient care, helping patients achieve optimal health and regain a high quality of life. Contact our West Bridgewater, MA office to schedule an appointment to learn how we can help. We look forward to helping you.
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Vascular Testing FAQs
Can vascular tests detect heart problems?
While vascular tests primarily focus on the blood vessels outside of the heart, they can sometimes offer clues about heart health. For instance, blocked arteries in the legs might suggest a higher risk of coronary artery disease. However, vascular tests are not a direct measure of heart health.
Why would someone need vascular testing?
People typically need vascular testing if they're experiencing symptoms like leg pain, unexplained swelling, or if they're at risk for vascular diseases due to factors like diabetes, high cholesterol, or a family history of vascular issues.
Do I need to make special preparations for vascular testing?
Typically, no special preparation is needed for most vascular tests. However, Dr. Terzian and his team will give you specific instructions based on the type of test you're getting.