Diagnosis of peripheral vascular disease

Diagnosis of peripheral vascular disease may include:

  • Medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Family history
  • Pulse check, using a stethoscope to listen for signs of reduced blood flow through a blood vessel
  • Ankle/brachial index (ABI) test, which compares the blood pressure readings of the arms and legs to check for differences
  • Exercise test, usually performed on a treadmill while blood pressure is taken to check for a drop in blood pressure within the affected body part
  • Non-Invasive Vascular Duplex (ultrasound) scans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to locate narrowed sections of blood vessels
  • CTA/Angiography, the injection of a contrast dye into the blood vessel that shows up on x-ray examination.

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