Preparing for a Duplex Ultrasound
There are many different diagnostic tools a heart doctor may use to determine the underlying causes of a patient’s symptoms. One of those diagnostic tests is known as a duplex ultrasound. This test allows the cardiologist to evaluate the way in which your blood moves through your blood vessels. This type of test uses sound waves to create images of your blood vessels and the blood within them, and it enables the cardiologist to measure how fast your blood is flowing.
Talking to Your Cardiologist
Before you undergo a duplex ultrasound, it’s a good idea to talk to your cardiologist about the test. Learn why your cardiologist is recommending the test for you and ask which type of duplex ultrasound you’ll be having. For example, a carotid duplex ultrasound is performed to evaluate the carotid artery, which is located in your neck.
Preparing for the Test
Call the cardiology clinic ahead of your test and ask if there are any special preparations you need to make. Although most patients are not asked to make special preparations, some may need to restrict their food and liquid intake. You should also inform the technician performing the test of any medications you’re taking, such as blood thinners, and whether you smoke. Smoking can affect your results since it constricts the blood vessels.
Learning What to Expect
When you arrive at the cardiology clinic, you’ll likely be asked to change into a hospital gown. After lying down on the exam table, the technician will apply gel to the area that requires an evaluation. Then, a handheld device is moved over the area. Try to remain as still as possible unless you are asked to move to a certain position.
If you have any questions about preparing for an upcoming cardiology exam, contact Cardiac Solutions at (623) 208-5305. Our cardiology team proudly serves residents of the Glendale, Peoria, Avondale, and Sun City West areas. We emphasize the importance of patient education on heart health and the value of a team-oriented, personalized approach.