Vascular Testing Clinic in West Bridgewater MA
Testing for Vascular Problems is available at Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology. Call us today or visit us online to book an appointment. We are located at 711 W Center St West Bridgewater, MA 02379.
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The term “vascular disease” refers to any condition that affects the blood vessel network. Your vascular system is also known as your circulatory system.
Blood moves through some of these vessels. Your heart pumps blood filled with oxygen and nutrients to nourish your tissues and remove waste. Blood is moved away from the heart by arteries. It is returned by the veins.
The lymph vessels and lymph nodes in your body remove damaged cells as part of a separate cleaning system. Furthermore, they protect you from infections and cancer. Your vessels collect fluid from tissues throughout your body. Those fluids drain back into your collarbone veins.
Vascular diseases include problems with your arteries, veins, lymph vessels, and blood vessels. You can get ischemia from a disease, which causes your tissues to not get enough oxygen. Additionally, there can be other serious, even life-threatening complications from diseases like cancer.
There are various kinds of vascular problems, and as such, the causes are equally varied. In some cases, the cause of vascular problems isn’t clear. Some common causes of vascular problems include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking or the use of tobacco products, and diabetes. Genetic factors, medications, infections, injuries, and blood clots can also cause vascular problems.
Exam times can vary greatly depending on what information needs to be gathered, and how easy or difficult it is to gather that information. Typically, vascular lab exams last 60 minutes, but they can last up to 120 minutes for more complicated exams. The technologists will strive to work efficiently without sacrificing patient care, but it is very difficult to determine exactly how long any patient should expect to spend on an exam gurney.
Different vascular diseases present with different symptoms.
The symptoms of the peripheral arterial disease include leg pain or cramps that improve with rest; changes in skin color; sores or ulcers; and tired legs. The symptoms of the intestinal ischemic (or mesenteric) syndrome include severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, food aversions, and weight loss. An abnormal kidney function, hypertension, and congestive heart failure are exhibited by renal artery disease. Leg cramps, numbness, tingling, and discoloration are all symptoms of popliteal entrapment syndrome.
Stroke and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) or mini-strokes are usually the first signs of carotid artery disease. The symptoms include difficulty seeing, speaking, and remembering. In addition to headaches and neck pain, carotid artery dissection can cause eye or facial pain as well. Palpitations, high blood pressure, sweating, headaches, and palpitations are common symptoms of carotid body tumors.
Given the wide range of symptoms associated with vascular problems, from mild to severe, and how varied they are, the best course of action is to maintain regular checkups with your primary care provider and visit them in case of any irregularities. Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology has the technology capable of diagnosing vascular problems, and our staff will work to diagnose and treat the condition promptly.
Physical exams will be conducted by your healthcare provider, along with a history of any diseases in your family. When you take off your shoes and socks before undergoing an examination, your healthcare provider will be able to detect vascular disease.
Your provider may perform blood tests and imaging tests depending on the type of vascular disease suspected. Blood vessel clots or blockages are common symptoms of many vascular diseases. Imaging methods such as CT angiography, catheter angiography, MR angiography, and vascular ultrasound are used to diagnose these conditions.
Vascular tests are available at Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology where Dr. John K. Terzian, MD, FACC, with his nurse practitioners and medical staff, offers the highest level of comprehensive care. Call us or book an appointment online. We are located at 711 W Center St West Bridgewater, MA 02379. We serve patients from West Bridgewater MA, Bridgewater MA, Taunton MA, Middleborough MA, Plymouth MA, Pembroke MA, Braintree MA, Mansfield MA, Stoughton MA, Brockton MA, Wareham MA, Somerset MA, Attleboro MA, Abington MA, and surrounding areas.