Vascular Diagnosis

Vascular disease is a class of diseases that affect your blood vessels, which are the parts of your body that “carry” blood: the arteries and veins of your circulatory system. Vascular diseases are a subgroup of cardiovascular disease.  Vascular diseases and disorders that occur in your vast network of blood vessels can cause a range of health problems that can be severe or even fatal.    

Types of Vascular Disease

Diagnosis

It can be difficult to diagnose vascular disease since there are a variety of symptoms that you can have.  Your family history is important, and you should be prepared to talk with your doctor about vascular disease in your family. You will also undergo a physical exam that will look for a weak or absent pulse, decreased blood pressure in your affected area, whooshing sounds over your arteries that are heard through a stethoscope, and evidence of poor wound healing in the area where your blood flow is restricted. The type of physical exam you will go through will be different depending on the type of vascular disease you are suspected of having. Most often the physical exam will include checking the blood flow in your legs.

Ankle-Brachial Index is sometimes used. This test compares the blood pressure in your ankle with the blood pressure in your arm. Your doctor will use a regular blood pressure cuff to get a blood pressure reading. To compare and evaluate blood pressure and flow, your doctor will use a special ultrasound device. You may be required to walk on a treadmill and have readings taken before and immediately after exercise. This helps measure the severity of your narrowed arteries during walking.

Special ultrasound techniques help your doctor diagnose your vascular conditions with digital imaging. A Doppler ultrasound assists your doctor in identifying the arteries that are blocked or narrowed. It also helps your doctor evaluate your level blood flow through your vessels. Angiography is a procedure involves the injection of dye into your blood vessels. This dye works as a contrast material, allowing your doctor to view your blood flowing through your arteries as it is happening. X-Ray imaging or procedures like a Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) can help your doctor trace the flow of the contrast material. Samples of your blood can be analyzed. Your doctor will measure your cholesterol, triglycerides, and check you for diabetes.

Risks

Factors that increase your risk of developing vascular disease are:

Remember: you can prevent vascular disease if you take care of yourself, even if you have a heavy family history of vascular problems. Talk with your doctor about how best to prevent vascular disease early on.

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