Peripheral arterial disease is the name given to the condition in which the arteries in the limbs are narrowed or blocked by plaque deposits. Various telltale signs can suggest the presence of peripheral vascular disease. These include the presence of pain in the legs that appears during activities and disappears at rest. To confirm the diagnosis, your vascular doctor in Monmouth County will conduct a series of tests. These include:
A physical examination
Laboratory tests to check your cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as the presence of diabetes.
Ankle brachial index: this test is performed using a blood pressure cuff and a special ultrasound device. The test allows your Monmouth County vein specialist to compare the blood pressure in your ankle with the blood pressure in your arm. In some cases you may be required to walk on a treadmill for readings to be taken before and after exercise.
An ultrasound to help your doctor identify any blockages.
An angiography which allows your doctor to view the way in which blood flows through the arteries