Venous And Arterial Doppler Specialist

Amer Zaheer, MD -  - Internal Medicine Physician

Choice Family Medicine

Amer Zaheer, MD

Internal Medicine Physician & Internal Medicine located in Houston, TX

Choice Family Medicine in Houston, specializes in providing testing for men and women who run the risk of experiencing complications related to artery or vein damage. Through comprehensive venous and arterial Doppler testing, the practice ensures the long-lasting health of its patients and offers rigorous treatment plans should any complications arise. Call or use online booking today to schedule an appointment with the certified staff at Choice Family Medicine.

Venous and Arterial Doppler Q & A

What is a venous and arterial Doppler test?

A venous and arterial Doppler test looks at your upper and lower extremities through a transducer, a handheld device applied to the arteries and veins in your arms and legs.

The transducer emits sound waves and measures their echo as they travel throughout your body. These echoes are generally translated into a visual image that helps the staff at Choice Family Medicine diagnose any issues related to your arteries or veins, as well as any complications related to hypertension.

In most cases, your provider uses venous and arterial Doppler tests both to examine the regularity of your blood flow in your arms and legs and to help determine the best course of treatment if necessary.

When should I consider a venous and arterial Doppler test?

Your provider at Choice Family Medicine recommends a Doppler test if you’ve noticed varicose or spider veins on your legs or if you show signs of decreased blood flow in your arms.

They might also recommend a venous and arterial Doppler test if you exhibit the symptoms of any of the following conditions:

  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): blood clot formation in a vein of your leg or hip
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis: vein inflammation due to a blood clot on your skin’s surface
  • Peptic ulcer disease (PUD): sore on the lining of your esophagus, stomach, or intestine
  • Arteriosclerosis: narrowing of the arteries that provide blood to your feet and legs
  • Vascular tumors in your legs and arms

Reduced blood flow might indicate that there is a blockage in your artery, a blood clot, or an injury to the blood vessel.

How is a venous and arterial Doppler test performed?

A venous and arterial Doppler test is painless and noninvasive, and the test is performed at the Choice Family Medicine office. Before starting the test, you’ll need to remove all clothing, jewelry, or anything covering the site being tested.

Your provider will ask you to lie down on an examination table and then place a conductive gel on the transducer to deliver high-frequency sound waves into the veins and arteries in your arms and legs. They then set blood pressure cuffs around the testing area to track your body’s reaction.

As it’s pressed against your skin, the transducer sends results to a monitor that translates them into a visual image. Your provider at Choice Family Medicine can use the image to look at your blood flow in the area and identify any irregularities.

If you’ve noticed swelling or varicose veins in your legs, call Choice Family Medicine or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.