What is circulatory testing?
Consult with our board-certified physician of pulmonary, sleep, internal, and geriatric medicine, Dr. Abraham "Avi" Ishaaya, about concerns you may have with blood flow. He has more than twenty years of medical experience and can order circulatory testing based on your medical needs. At Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers in Los Angeles, CA, we have the ultrasound technology to produce a picture of the area you need to be studied, such as your heart, the carotid arteries in your neck, or the blood flow in your veins, thyroid gland, or abdomen. Contact our office to schedule your appointment to discover more about your blood flow.
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Who qualifies for this Test?
Patients who generally need to have circulatory testing need to have a study performed on the heart, carotid arteries, veins, and more to assess your specific blood flow needs. Dr. Ishaaya usually requests a vascular scan to rule out blockages or narrowing of the arteries. It is also used as a preventive measure for stroke.
During an Arterial Ultrasound
We will take you to a private imaging room where you will undress and put on a paper gown. All jewelry will need to be removed as well if it will interfere with the technology. The ultrasound technician will apply a gel to the areas of your skin that the ultrasound hand-piece will touch. During the session, the technician will roll the ultrasound hand-piece over the needed areas. Once all the images are collected, you will be able to get dressed and resume your day as normal.
Your Follow-up appointment
Dr. Ishaaya will go over your circulatory tests results and give his opinion as to what the next steps should be in your treatment. You may need to have several follow-up ultrasounds if there is a medical concern found in the initial imaging.
Circulatory Testing FAQ
What is circulatory testing?
Circulatory testing measures the amount of blood flowing through your arteries and veins, including your heart, carotid artery, arms, and legs. Dr. Ishaaya uses ultrasound technology that employs high-frequency sound waves to detect and diagnose abnormal flow levels within your veins and arteries. This is a non-invasive, painless, and risk-free procedure that can easily reveal blockages and areas of reduced blood flow.
What are symptoms of circulatory problems?
Common symptoms of poor circulation include:
- Cold hands and feet
- Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet
- Swelling in the lower legs and feet
- Changes in skin color
- Muscle cramping and joint pain
- Digestive problems
- Mental fog (cognitive dysfunction)
What are common diseases of the circulatory system?
There are a variety of conditions that affect the circulatory system, which are commonly caused by genetics and lifestyle. These include:
- Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Peripheral artery disease (occurs in the extremities, notably in the legs)
How can you fix poor circulation?
Here are a few ways to improve your circulatory system and overall circulation:
- Exercise regularly
- Drink enough water
- Elevate your legs
- Get regular massages
- Drink green tea or yerba mate
- Reduce stress
- Drink less alcohol
- Dry brush your skin every day
To Better blood flow
With our noninvasive arterial ultrasound, you can find out how well your circulatory system is functioning using sound waves. If Dr. Ishaaya finds areas of your circulatory system that need improvement to prevent stroke, blood clots, and blockages, he will make recommendations based on his many years of experience. You can have an arterial ultrasound right here in our Los Angeles, CA office at Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers. We are here to assist you in getting the vascular care you need.