Evaluation, Testing and Treatments We Provide for Peripheral Arterial Disease
If you or your physician suspects that you may have PAD, our team of physicians at Azura will perform several testing procedures to determine the best treatment course for you. Once this is determined, we offer several minimally invasive treatment options.
Non invasive diagnostic tests and procedures performed at our outpatient centers include:
Painless tests are performed by skilled vascular specialists at many Azura Vascular Care Centers. They include:
Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI)
The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is a simple, non-invasive test comparing blood pressure in your ankle to blood pressure in your arm. This indicates how well blood is flowing in your limbs but does not reveal which blood vessels are narrowed or blocked. Blood pressures are taken at rest and after approximately five minutes of walking on a treadmill. These measurements can determine the effectiveness of treatment or the disease progression of PAD.
Pulse Volume Recording (PVR)
Pulse Volume Recording (PVR), is a non-invasive test in which blood pressure cuffs and a hand-held ultrasound device are used to measure the volume of arterial blood flow in a person’s extremities with the purpose of locating blockages in arteries. This test is similar to the ABI and also helps determining the severity of PAD or the effectiveness of previous treatments or interventions.
An arteriogram is a minimally invasive imaging test that uses x-ray technology to visualize abnormalities in your arteries. A contrast agent (dye) is used along with x-ray for guidance. Images taken during the arteriogram can be used to diagnose the cause of a blockage or to plan for treatments such as bypass graft surgery, angioplasty or stent placement.
Who is a Candidate for PAD Diagnostic Testing?
If your doctor suspects you may have PAD, or you have been diagnosed and told that a procedure is needed as treatment, then you are a candidate for evaluation and testing by a vascular specialist to determine where your problem areas are and what procedures are appropriate in your individual case.
How We Can Help You
At Azura Vascular Care, our vascular specialists have the expertise and resources in many of our outpatient centers for the diagnosis, treatment and management of peripheral arterial disease. With our unique depth of training, diagnostic expertise and state-of-the-art imaging, we specialize in offering treatment plans for each individual PAD patient to ensure the best possible outcome. We are dedicated to providing an exceptional patient experience with a focus on superior patient care. This philosophy exists in all of our vascular centers throughout the United States. We offer several non-invasive or minimally invasive, outpatient procedures for those patients who have been referred for evaluation, or have been diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
Azura’s team of skilled health care professionals will work with your current medical team to ensure a seamless coordination of care so that you can rest assured you are receiving the right PAD treatment for your individual case.
At Azura Vascular Care, we deliver far more than our patients expect. We bring our full range of medical capabilities and service excellence to every patient, every visit at each of our centers nationwide.
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