(carotid, abdominal aortic, and extremity)
A carotid artery ultrasound is a diagnostic procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to generate images of the neck’s internal carotid arteries, which supply oxygen-rich blood to the brain. A carotid artery ultrasound is used to evaluate a patient’s risk of stroke or other cardiovascular complications by checking for artery-narrowing plaque buildup.
The abdominal aorta is the artery that runs through the middle of the abdomen, supplying blood to the lower half of the body. It can develop an aneurysm, which is a localized, balloon-like expansion caused by having weak walls. If an aneurysm is suspected, an abdominal aortic ultrasound, which provides information about blood flow through the aorta, may be performed. Detecting an abdominal aortic aneurysm is crucial because, if it ruptures, blood spills into the abdominal cavity, and death can result within a number of minutes.
A lower extremity ultrasound provides diagnostic images of the vessels within the lower extremities, most commonly used to diagnose vascular conditions in the legs. This procedure can identify narrowed or blocked arteries or veins, clotting or faulty valves, and is essential in achieving successful vein treatment. Since vascular disease is a serious condition that involves abnormal functioning within the veins of the legs which may cause pain and which can lead to complications such as aneurysm and stroke, lower extremity ultrasound is an important diagnostic tool.
Anticoagulants (blood thinners) are medications used to prevent and treat clots either in the heart or the leg. Coumadin (warfarin) is a specific blood thinner that requires serial blood monitoring to make sure your coumadin levels (INR) are not too low or too high. Our office can help manage your coumadin levels for whatever amount of time your doctor recommends take coumadin.
Pacemaker or ICD clinic
As a service to our patients who have pacemakers or defibrillators (ICDs) we provide maintenance of your device through scheduled appointments. Device checks occur a few times a year in person. During these visits your incision will be inspected to make sure there are no signs of infection, and then the device’s functions, battery level, and programming are checked. If need your device’s settings can be adjusted at the same time. This helps fine-tune your pacemaker or ICD to get you the best possible results. We check pacemakers and ICDs from all the major manufacturers including Biotronik, Boston Scientific, Medtronic and St. Jude.
For more information or to make an appointment for a cardiac evaluation. it’s about time!