Arteries, which carry blood away from the heart, can become thick and less elastic over time, diminishing blood flow to the rest of the body. Several diagnostic tests are used by Atlantic Health System Heart Care to evaluate the arteries:
- Arterial ultrasound imaging – also known as duplex ultrasound, this test uses two types of ultrasound, standard ultrasound and Doppler ultrasound, to measure blood flow in the arteries and reveal any narrowing or blockages.
- Arterial pulse volume recording with ankle-brachial blood pressures (PVR and Doppler) – performed at rest and also after exercise, this test measures blood flow using cuffs placed at multiple locations along the leg.
- Bypass graft ultrasound – this study determines if a bypass graft is working correctly.
- Hemodialysis ultrasound – this ultrasound is used to evaluate a hemodialysis access.
- Photoplethysmography (PPG) – through a small sensor placed on the fingers or toes, this test uses infrared light to monitor blood flow near the surface of the skin.
Additionally, Morristown Medical Center offers the following:
- Skin perfusion study – by taking a blood pressure reading of capillaries in the leg or the foot, this exam is used to identify whether there is adequate blood flow to a wound for it to heal properly.
Heart care services may vary by location. Please confirm when booking an appointment.