The vascular system is the body's network of blood vessels. It includes the arteries, veins and lymphatics that carry blood to and from the heart. Problems of the vascular system are common and can be serious enough that life or limb may be threatened.
You are more likely to have vascular disease as you get older. Other factors that make vascular disease more likely include:
If you doctor suspects vascular disease, he or she may order non-invasive vascular testing. These are simple and painless tests using ultrasound to determine the presence, location, and severity of vascular disease.
A duplex ultrasound combines traditional ultrasound images combined with Doppler ultrasound-derived flow information.
Multiple blood pressure cuffs are placed on the arms or legs at different levels. The blood pressure and volume of blood flow is evaluated at each level. This is done to determine the severity of arterial disease and can help localize the location of the blockage in the arm or leg by looking at the blood flow or circulation through a series of tests.
Non-invasive vascular testing is often used to diagnose the following vascular diseases:
For more information, or to schedule a vascular screening, please call 412-802-3333.
You may choose to schedule your exam at one of the following locations:
UPMC Passavant Professional Offices
9100 Babcock Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Shadyside Medical Building
5200 Centre Avenue, Suite 307
Pittsburgh, PA 15232