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Why and when is a Vascular Ultrasound recommended?

Are you experiencing pain or heaviness in your legs? Do you also experience a weak pulse in your lower extremities? Are your legs swollen at the end of the day? If you experience these symptoms, maybe it is the right time to visit a Vascular specialist.

Why is a vascular ultrasound suggested?

A vascular screening is used to assess the chances of problems relating to the arteries and blood circulation. It checks whether your heart, veins, and arteries are functioning properly to distribute blood throughout your body. Screening helps to detect the problems at the inception thereby reducing future complications, downtime, and risks.

How serious are vascular diseases?

If you have been detected of a condition affecting your vascular system, it means that your body tissues are not getting enough blood to sustain normal activities. When blood circulation is affected, it can affect your arms, legs, kidneys, and neck and it can lead to serious conditions like peripheral arterial disease (PAD) or carotid arterial disease. It can also lead to life threatening conditions such as stroke, or heart attack. 

The above-mentioned symptoms can also be indicative of various venous diseases like varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, chronic venous insufficiency, lymphedema, or blood clotting disorders. These can lead to significant medical issues that are difficult to manage and can seriously impact the quality of your life. Hence, it becomes essential that you see a vascular specialist without further delay once symptoms are noticed. 

Who is a good candidate for vascular screening?

A good candidate would be anyone who has risk factors for any vascular disorder. Anyone who has a family history of aneurysm, stroke, PAD is generally suggested screening in their early 30’s especially if other risk factors co-exist.

Vascular Screening will help to: 

  • Detect Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)- A condition when blood clots are formed in the deep veins, especially in the legs.
  • Confirm Chronic Venous insufficiency – A condition due to inability of human body to efficiently circulate blood leading to pooling of blood in the veins of your lower legs.
  • Diagnose “narrowing” of arteries and assess the severity of condition.
  • Visualize and evaluate blood flow in arteries and veins to detect any abnormalities.

Vein screening procedure typically includes a medical history evaluation, physical examination, and a doppler assessment of abnormal veins. It is non- invasive and does not require needle incisions or anesthesia during the procedure. 

Screening procedure essentially diagnoses the severity of your vein condition and accordingly your doctor can recommend the best treatment options for you. After assessment your doctors may decide on your candidature for surgery or for the latest equally effective minimally invasive treatment options like sclerotherapy, endovenous radiofrequency ablation or laser ablation. 

For further details on the treatment options, call the vascular experts at Avis Vascular center. Avis Vascular Centre with experienced radiologists paired with technological capabilities, and precise radiology interpretations, is focused on delivering reliable and sustained healthcare benefits.

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