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Disease Testing

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Vascular & Arterial Disease Testing | Detroit Cardiologists

The experienced and knowledgeable team of cardiologists, heart surgeons, nurses and support staff at the Heart & Vascular Institute remain dedicated to providing patients with the best possible care. In order to properly diagnose and treat your condition, our heart doctors rely on state-of-the-art technology and advanced testing procedures to pinpoint and confirm specific characteristics of each patient’s unique situation.

This precise and detailed approach ensures that our cardiovascular specialists have the information they need to make informed, data-rich decisions regarding your health and treatment.

The information below explains the three different vascular and arterial tests we perform to ascertain detailed information regarding your specific situation so that we can more accurately diagnose and treat your condition.

Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI)

Our heart surgeons rely on the ankle-brachial index test for patients who are suspected to have or already have peripheral arterial disease in their legs — a condition characterized by a blockage and hardening of the arteries. This specialized test allows our Detroit cardiologists to get a better idea of the severity and progression of the disease. The test measures the blood pressure in a patient’s ankle and compares it to the blood pressure in their arm. Certain other medical conditions — such as calcification of the arteries, diabetes, or kidney problems — may throw off test results, so it is important to talk to your Heart & Vascular Institutephysician before and after the test.


Indications: Arterial testing is a painless and completely non-invasive way to assess blood flow in the limbs. Results analysis can reveal whether a person has uneven blood flow throughout the arms and legs, which can indicate that they have cholesterol buildup in a particular area of the body. Patients may continue with their normal activities both before and after the procedure, but their cardiologist may ask what medications they are currently taking.

Peripheral Angiogram

Also called a peripheral arteriogram, a peripheral angiogram test helps our Detroit cardiologists see blockages in the arteries in the legs by using x-rays. Arterial blockages in the lower half of the body are often related to peripheral artery disease (or PAD), a condition that causes pain or tiredness in the legs. Most patients stay in a recovery room for several hours following the procedure, but can return home later that day. Patients may need to adjust their diet, fluid intake, and medications in the days prior to the test and should discuss alterations with their doctor.

For additional information on vascular and arterial disease testing, please contact our office or call us toll-free at (855) 543-2783 (855-5-HEARTDOCS).

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