Details on Peripheral Vascular Surgeon

How is peripheral arterial disease diagnosed? It is straightforward to diagnose someone with peripheral arterial disease when they already come in complaining of ‘poor circulation’. So the person who complains of pain while walking that stops them in their tracks or even pain at rest, most likely has peripheral artery disease. Your doctor most likely will refer you to a vascular specialist. explained on their blog
Here are some tests that may be done:
Ankle-brachial index (ABI)
This is a test that measures the resting blood pressure at the ankle compared to the blood pressure in the arm. Sometimes the test may be normal. So the doctor may have them exercise by walking on a treadmill. Or by taking a brisk walk outside. The normal value for the ABI is between 0.9-1.3.
Segmental Blood Pressure Testing
In this test, the blood pressure is taken at different levels of the leg. For instance the thigh, the calf, and the ankle. The readings are then compared to decide where the blockage is.
Imaging Tests
There are different imaging tests. Ultrasound, CT angiograms and Magnetic resonance angiograms are all examples of imaging studies that can be done. The vascular disease specialist decides what test gets done. If the symptoms get worse, then the specialist may need to order a more detailed invasive test called an arteriogram. This will help map out exactly where the blockage is. At times surgery may even be needed.