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By westgate March 28, 2024

Ensuring Cardiovascular Health: Understanding Vascular Services at Westgate Family Physicians

Cardiovascular is at the heart of your well-being, literally! Your cardiovascular system is paramount to the function of the rest of your body systems, so early detection and management of vascular conditions is of the utmost importance. At Westgate Family Physicians, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive vascular services that can prevent, diagnose and treat cardiovascular problems.

Carotid Artery Testing

The carotid arteries are major blood vessels located in the neck that supply oxygen-rich blood to the brain. Carotid artery testing, typically performed using ultrasound imaging, allows us to assess the presence of plaque buildup and evaluate the degree of blockage or narrowing in these arteries. Early detection of carotid artery disease can help identify patients with a higher stroke risk, enabling timely interventions to prevent potentially life-threatening events.

Aortic Aneurysm Screening

Aortic aneurysms are bulges or weak spots in the walls of the aorta, the body’s main artery. Aortic aneurysm screening, conducted through abdominal ultrasound, allows our physicians to detect and monitor the size and growth of aneurysms. Early detection is critical, as untreated aortic aneurysms can rupture, leading to severe internal bleeding with potentially fatal consequences. Screening enables treatments such as medication management or surgical repair to prevent ruptures.

Circulation Testing

Evaluation of arterial and venous circulation can be used to diagnose conditions such as peripheral artery disease or deep vein thrombosis. Tests like ankle-brachial index measurement, pulse volume recordings and venous duplex ultrasound assess blood flow, detect blockages in arteries and veins and identify signs of vascular disease. By catching abnormalities early on, circulation can be improved, symptoms can be alleviated and complications can be reduced.

Vascular testing plays a crucial role in identifying and managing vascular conditions that can significantly impact health and quality of life. From assessing carotid artery health and screening for aortic aneurysms to evaluating arterial and venous circulation, these tests provide valuable insights into vascular health. If you have concerns about your vascular health or would like to schedule vascular testing, contact Westgate Family Physicians at (864) 574-0070.