How we test for healthy blood vessels
Supporting the health of our patients is central to our practice at Westgate Family Physicians. The condition of your blood vessels can impact your overall well-being, so ensuring they are healthy is important. How do we test for healthy blood vessels?
Healthy blood vessels play a vital role in maintaining proper circulation; without adequate circulation, every part of your body misses out on the oxygen and nutrients that are necessary to function. The importance of cardiovascular health can’t be overstated, which is why we offer three tests for blood vessel performance.
Carotid Artery Testing
Located on either side of the neck, the carotid arteries supply blood to the brain. To measure the health of these arteries, a non-invasive ultrasound is performed. A carotid ultrasound can assess blood flow and detect any potential narrowing or blockages in the arteries. A gel is applied to the neck and then a wand that emits sound waves is placed on the neck. Detailed images of the carotid arteries are created, allowing us to see blood clots or plaque buildup. Early detection of issues in the carotid arteries can prevent strokes.
Aortic Aneurysm Screening
The largest artery in the body, the aorta carries oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body. If an aortic aneurysm occurs, a portion of the aortic wall expands and bulges, putting it at risk for rupture. Imaging techniques like ultrasounds or CT scans can identify abnormalities, potentially preventing a life-threatening medical problem.
Arterial and Venous Circulation Evaluation
Arterial and venous circulation can be measured to determine the overall health of the blood vessels through the rest of your body. The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is a simple test that compares the blood pressure in the arms to the blood pressure in the ankles. ABI can diagnose peripheral artery disease which is a reduced flow of blood to the limbs. Ultrasound can also be used to assess arterial blood flow or venous circulation, detecting deep vein thrombosis, clots or ulcers.
To schedule blood vessel testing at Westgate Family Physicians, call (864) 574-0070.