What is a Vascular Ultrasound?
At Premier Cardiology Consultants, we offer a variety of vascular ultrasounds including 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.
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To learn more about a vascular ultrasound, please call 516-437-5600 and schedule a consultation with our physicians at one of our New York offices. You can change your life with a vascular ultrasound and you can take the first step by speaking with us.