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Vascular Lab Testing

Zarcone Vein & Aesthetics

John Zarcone, MD

Vein & Aesthetic Specialist located in Port Washington, NY & Staten Island, NY

When your symptoms suggest a blood flow problem in your veins or arteries, the only way to get an accurate diagnosis is with vascular lab testing. At Zarcone Vein & Aesthetics, John Zarcone, MD, performs advanced vascular testing in the comprehensive in-house lab using noninvasive ultrasound to produce immediate results. If you have questions about vascular testing or you need to schedule a duplex ultrasound exam of your blood vessels, call one of the offices in Port Washington or Staten Island, New York, or book an appointment online today.

Vascular Lab Testing

What is vascular lab testing?

Zarcone Vein & Aesthetics offers comprehensive care on-site, including quick and precise diagnostic testing in their on-site lab. Dr. Zarcone uses ultrasound imaging to examine the vessels in your legs and arms, obtaining the detailed information needed to accurately diagnose vascular disease, determine its severity, and plan the best treatment.

When might I need vascular lab testing?

You may need vascular testing to:

  • Evaluate the cause of your symptoms
  • Assess the results of vascular procedures
  • Evaluate a dialysis access fistula

Health conditions that affect your blood flow and often require vascular testing, include:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Carotid artery blockage
  • Arterial or venous embolism
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Varicose veins

The vascular testing lab atZarcone Vein & Aesthetics also has a screening program for coronary artery disease, stroke, and abdominal aortic aneurysms.

What symptoms indicate a blood vessel problem?

Though Zarcone Vein & Aesthetics tests your arms and legs, vascular problems most often affect your legs. When blood flow decreases in your legs, you’ll experience symptoms such as:

  • Leg pain when you’re active
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness, redness, and warmth
  • Pale, grayish skin
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Foot pain when resting

These symptoms require vascular studies to accurately determine the underlying cause.

What should I expect during vascular lab testing?

The team at Zarcone Vein & Aesthetics' vascular lab performs painless, noninvasive imaging of veins and arteries using advanced ultrasound. They offer color duplex ultrasound, a type of Doppler ultrasound that shows blood flowing through the vessels. This procedure shows the details needed to diagnose all the health conditions in the above list.

You may also undergo a test called a pulse volume recording (PVR) study. A PVR study indicates blood flow problems in your arms or legs using blood pressure cuffs and ultrasound to measure your blood pressure in different locations.

One PVR study, the Ankle Brachial Index, compares the pressure in your lower leg to the pressure in your arm. If your ankle pressure is lower than your arm, it indicates a blockage in your leg arteries.

If your physician recommends vascular lab testing, call Zarcone Vein & Aesthetics, or schedule an appointment online today.