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Cardiac Testing
Noninvasive Arterial Testing

About the test

Arteries carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Arterial testing is used to examine blood flow through the arteries in the limbs. Arterial tests create detailed images your arteries, allowing your doctor to detect artery blockages or abnormalities. These imaging tests are not harmful to tissues and are completely noninvasive. Your doctor may recommend that you have images taken of your abdominal aorta, carotid arteries, renal artery, and/or the arteries in your head.

Why it’s done

Your arterial specialist or cardiologist may recommend arterial testing if he or she suspects you have a problem with your arteries. Arterial tests are used to detect and prevent a range of conditions, including abdominal aortic aneurysm, stroke and mini-stroke, hypertension, and kidney failure. If you have an arterial abnormality, arterial tests will also allow your doctor to assess the severity of your condition.

What to expect

Preparation: Preparation depends on the arterial test your cardiologist or arterial specialist has recommended for you. You will be given specific preparation instructions before your testing appointment.

During: Arterial tests are noninvasive and painless. Depending on your medical history and symptoms, you may have one or more of the following arterial tests:

Abdominal Aortic Duplex Imaging: Abdominal aortic duplex imaging is used to examine the abdominal aorta – the main artery that takes blood from the heart to the lower part of the body. During the test, a technologist will take images of the aorta and its branch vessels in order to detect any weakening of the aortic wall, or the presence of plaque buildup.

Carotid Artery Duplex Imaging: Carotid artery duplex imaging is used to examine the arteries of the neck, including the main carotid artery, which carries blood to the brain. After a technologist takes images of your neck arteries, a cardiologist will review the images to look for plaque buildup, which can create arterial blockages. Untreated blockages can result in a stroke or mini-stoke.

Renal Artery Duplex Imaging: Renal artery duplex imaging is used to examine the arteries that carry blood to the kidneys. After a technologist takes images of your renal arteries, a cardiologist will review the images for evidence of plaque, which can create arterial blockages and cause hypertension or kidney failure.

Transcranial Duplex Imaging: Transcranial duplex imaging is used to examine the arteries in the skull that carry blood to the brain. A technologist will use an ultrasound device to take images of your transcranial arteries. Following the test, a cardiologist will review the images to determine if any abnormalities are present, looking specifically for signs that could indicate an increased risk of stroke.

After: When your arterial test is complete, you can resume your normal routine. Your cardiologist or arterial specialist will discuss your test results with you and develop a treatment plan and/or recommend additional tests as needed.

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At New York Cardiovascular Associates, you will be under the care of our top arterial specialists, who are highly experienced in the diagnosis and assessment of arterial diseases. New York Cardiovascular Associates is also one of only three facilities in New York City accredited for renal vascular imaging by the Intersocietal Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories. This places our exerts in arterial disease on the cutting-edge of arterial care in Manhattan and surrounding areas. If you are diagnosed with an arterial problem, your doctor will carefully assess your condition and develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. If you also have other cardiac or circulatory conditions, a team of specialists will work together to devise a comprehensive treatment plan that meets all your health needs.

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