Vascular Procedures

Patients with coronary artery disease often have other associated vascular disease, especially in the blood vessels of the kidneys, carotid arteries, and legs. Lower extremity disease often results in pain in the legs with walking and, in severe cases, pain even when resting, along with non-healing foot and leg ulcers.

The non-invasive peripheral vascular laboratory at Bay Area Heart Center uses state-of-the-art equipment with highly trained technicians to non-invasively evaluate circulation in the peripheral vascular lower extremity in the office setting.

Using a combination of segmental blood pressure monitoring at different levels in the legs, Doppler analysis, pulse volume recordings, and measurement of ankle brachial index, the condition of circulation to the legs can be evaluated in great detail. When appropriate, further evaluation by angiography is recommended to assess options for treatment to restore satisfactory blood flow.

We provide the following in-office vascular procedures:

  • Carotid Ultrasound: Carotid ultrasound examines the carotid arteries that carry blood pumped by the heart to the brain.
  • Abdominal Ultrasound: Abdominal ultrasound examines the abdominal aorta for possible aneurysm or dilation of the artery.
  • Ankle Brachial Index (ABI): ABI is a diagnostic study performed by taking blood pressure measurements at the ankle and the arm while a person is at rest.
  • Lower Extremity Arterial Ultrasound: Arterial ultrasound is performed to evaluate the arteries of the legs for peripheral vascular disease. This is sometimes the cause for claudication and leg pain.

For unsurpassed vascular care in the Bay area, call us today at (727) 544-1441 or request an appointment online.