Vascular Studies refer to procedures that help the doctor evaluate blood flow in arteries and veins. Dr. Diego may order a so-called Triple A– which stands for abdominal aorta and aneurysm– study. He may ask for a carotid duplex Doppler test; peripheral venous and peripheral arterial studies; or a renal artery ultrasound.
Vascular studies are an important component of cardiology. The circulatory (vascular) system is critical to the proper functioning of the heart and other organs. Our arteries carry blood enriched with oxygen and nutrients to every cell in the body. The veins carry the blood away from the cells along with waste products such as carbon dioxide.
If the blood flow is impeded for any reason, the part of the body that those arteries supply will not receive sufficient oxygen and nutrients, resulting in damaged tissue and eventually to organ failure.
Vascular studies use Doppler Ultrasound or Color Doppler to ‘see’ the amount of blood being pumped through a blood vessel. The procedure is also used to detect abnormal blood flow, which may indicate a blood clot, plaque or inflammation.
This tool can be used to assess blood flow in the arms and legs, or in the carotid arteries in the neck.