Non-invasive vascular studies are tests used to diagnose cardiovascular and circulatory conditions. Unlike some other types of vascular tests, non-invasive vascular studies are free of needles and dyes. There are many reasons for ordering a non-invasive vascular test. For example, your cardiologist may recommend further testing following a routine physical examination or the appearance of symptoms that could indicate a vascular problem. Non-invasive vascular studies are useful for detecting serious conditions such as aneurysms, atherosclerosis, and deep vein thrombosis.
Did you know…
that one of the most frequently requested non-invasive vascular study is an ultrasound? A heart ultrasound provides instant images of the heart and the blood flow within it. Other types of non-invasive vascular tests include chest x-rays, CT scans, electrocardiograms, and segmental pressure tests, which record pulse volume to identify the presence of blockages in the arms and legs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to undergo non-invasive vascular studies?
Only your doctor or cardiologist can determine if non-invasive vascular studies are right for you. However, you are more likely to require these types of tests if you have experienced symptoms of heart disease or have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular or circulatory condition.
What should I expect during a non-invasive vascular study?
Your experience will vary according to the type of test you undergo. However, non-invasive studies are not painful and do not require any type of injection. Your comfort should be maintained for the duration of your tests.
Will I need to follow any special instructions following my vascular tests?
Depending on the results of your non-invasive vascular studies, your cardiologist may provide you with instructions for lifestyle modifications or even request additional testing.