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How is peripheral vascular disease diagnosed?

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Your doctor will do an exam and ask about your symptoms. He or she may check for a weak pulse in the arteries in your feet. Other tests may include:

  • An ultrasound: This uses sound waves to get an image of how blood moves through your veins.
  • An arteriography: A dye is put into your body so your doctor can see where the blockage is and how bad it is.

SOURCES:

Pacific Heart Lung & Blood Institute: "All About Vascular Disease."

SecondsCount/The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions: "Peripheral Vascular Disease: How Problems with Arteries & Veins Affect Legs, Brain & Kidneys."

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis: "Peripheral Vascular Disease."

Sontheimer, D. June 1, 2006. American Family Physician,

Mayo Clinic: "Raynaud's disease."

American Heart Association: "What Is Peripheral Vascular Disease?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Peripheral Vascular Disease."

Texas Heart Institute: "Peripheral Vascular Disease."

Johnstone, C. April 1, 2003. Nursing Times,

CardioSmart/American College of Cardiology: "Peripheral Arterial Disease."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 17, 2016

SOURCES:

Pacific Heart Lung & Blood Institute: "All About Vascular Disease."

SecondsCount/The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions: "Peripheral Vascular Disease: How Problems with Arteries & Veins Affect Legs, Brain & Kidneys."

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis: "Peripheral Vascular Disease."

Sontheimer, D. June 1, 2006. American Family Physician,

Mayo Clinic: "Raynaud's disease."

American Heart Association: "What Is Peripheral Vascular Disease?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Peripheral Vascular Disease."

Texas Heart Institute: "Peripheral Vascular Disease."

Johnstone, C. April 1, 2003. Nursing Times,

CardioSmart/American College of Cardiology: "Peripheral Arterial Disease."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 17, 2016

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