When fatty deposits build up on the arteries in your neck, arms or legs, these blood vessels can begin to narrow or harden. This is called peripheral vascular disease. Depending on the location, peripheral vascular disease can lead to strokes, transient ischemic attacks (TIA) or pain in the legs during walking (claudication). Carotid and vascular extremity testing can help to identify peripheral vascular disease and guide your doctor in its treatment.
The primary test for peripheral vascular disease is an ultrasound. This is a non-invasive and completely painless way for your doctor to assess the blood flow through important arteries.
UR Medicine Heart & Vascular features the most up-to-date ultrasound equipment for carotid and vascular extremity testing.