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.
What are the benefits of circulatory testing?
Well-functioning circulation can improve a number of medical conditions. Getting circulatory testing at Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers can provide our Los Angeles, CA patients with many benefits, including:
- Catch early signs of stroke and other cardiac disease
- Benefits those at risk for heart attacks
- Provides a comprehensive evaluation of your cardiac health
- Helps you identify and diagnose potential issues
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Who Is a candidate for circulatory testing?
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.
What Can I Expect After circulatory testing?
Following circulatory testing, you should expect to receive a detailed analysis of your cardiovascular health, including information about blood flow, artery function, and potential areas of concern. 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. Additionally, you may receive recommendations for further diagnostic tests or lifestyle modifications based on the results, aiming to optimize your circulatory system and overall well-being.
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
Why is circulatory testing important?
Circulatory testing plays a crucial role in diagnosing and monitoring cardiovascular conditions. By assessing blood flow and heart function as well as identifying any abnormalities, these tests aid in the early detection of heart diseases, such as coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, heart valve disorders, and peripheral artery disease. Early detection allows for timely intervention and treatment, reducing the risk of complications and improving outcomes.
Is circulatory testing safe?
Yes, ultrasonic circulatory testing is considered safe and noninvasive. It does not involve exposure to ionizing radiation or the use of contrast agents.
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.
When Is a Circulatory Test Necessary?
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