Vascular Studies

Cardiology & Internal Medicine located in Merrillville , IN

Vascular Studies services offered in Merrillville , IN

Vascular studies are noninvasive tests that diagnose circulatory issues. At Queen Of Hearts Cardiovascular & Family Healthcare in Merrillville, Indiana, double board-certified cardiologist and internal medicine physician Stephanie Marshall, DO, FACOI, FACC, and her team offers onsite vascular studies, including carotid and venous dopplers. Call the office to request a vascular study consultation or book online today.

What are vascular studies?

A vascular study assesses your circulation and how well blood flows through your arteries and veins.

Vascular studies are noninvasive. They use high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) and other imaging techniques to provide real-time photos of your arteries and veins.

What types of circulatory issues can vascular studies detect?

At Queen Of Hearts Cardiovascular & Family Healthcare, Dr. Marshall and the team use vascular studies to diagnose various circulatory issues, including:

  • Atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries with plaque)
  • Aneurysm (an enlargement of the heart or an artery)
  • Blood clots
  • Inflammatory conditions

Vascular studies can also help detect varicose veins.

What are the types of vascular studies?

At Queen Of Hearts Cardiovascular & Family Healthcare, Dr. Marshall and the team offer several types of vascular studies, including:

Carotid doppler ultrasound

A carotid doppler ultrasound is a vascular study that checks the circulation through your carotid arteries –– two large arteries on either side of your neck that deliver blood from your heart to your brain.

During treatment, Dr. Marshall runs a handheld device along the side of your neck. It emits high-frequency sound waves that bounce off your carotid arteries. A computer interprets the signals by converting them into images. If your ultrasound reveals narrowed or blocked arteries, Dr. Marshall makes treatment recommendations.

Peripheral arterial dopplers

A peripheral arterial doppler is a vascular study that uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to check the circulation in your peripheral arteries (the veins and arteries in your arms, legs, hands, and feet). It can identify narrowing or blocked arteries that may increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Venous dopplers

A venous doppler is a vascular study that assesses the flow of blood through the veins in your lower legs. This type of test can identify potentially serious issues, like deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot deep inside your legs).

What type of vascular study might benefit me?

The type of vascular study that will most benefit you depends on various factors, including your age, health history, and symptoms. After a physical exam and a review of your medical records, Dr. Marshall can develop a screening schedule that aligns with your needs.

Call Queen Of Hearts Cardiovascular & Family Healthcare to schedule vascular studies or book online today.