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Who Should Have Vascular Testing Done?

Monday, 03 August 2020 00:00

Vascular testing is used to reduce the risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD), a common cause of poor circulation to the lower limbs that, if left untreated, could have consequences. Unlike other types of medical tests that you might be familiar with, vascular testing at the podiatrist’s office is generally non-invasive and painless. Some examples of vascular tests include the ankle-brachial index, where the doctor takes your blood pressure at your arm and at your ankle and then compares the two numbers, an ultrasound of your legs and feet, or a visual examination of your feet and ankles. While anyone can benefit from vascular testing, people who have certain risk factors for developing peripheral artery disease are the best candidates. These risk factors include having leg pain, wounds that do not heal, hardened arteries, a family history of PAD, a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, or chronic kidney disease, a BMI over 30, or a history of smoking. If any of these risk factors apply to you, visit a podiatrist, who can perform vascular testing to screen for peripheral artery disease.

Vascular testing plays an important part in diagnosing disease like peripheral artery disease. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or diabetes, consult with Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Vascular Testing?

Vascular testing checks for how well blood circulation is in the veins and arteries. This is most often done to determine and treat a patient for peripheral artery disease (PAD), stroke, and aneurysms. Podiatrists utilize vascular testing when a patient has symptoms of PAD or if they believe they might. If a patient has diabetes, a podiatrist may determine a vascular test to be prudent to check for poor blood circulation.

How Is it Conducted?

Most forms of vascular testing are non-invasive. Podiatrists will first conduct a visual inspection for any wounds, discoloration, and any abnormal signs prior to a vascular test.

 The most common tests include:

  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) examination
  • Doppler examination
  • Pedal pulses

These tests are safe, painless, and easy to do. Once finished, the podiatrist can then provide a diagnosis and the best course for treatment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Weatherford, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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