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vascular tests

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Why would I need a vascular test?

Your vascular system contains the artery and vein network that allow blood to deliver oxygen and other nutrients throughout your body while also removing the waste your body generates.  

As we age our body's pathways narrow, thicken and get more stiff.  Plaque and cholesterol buildup may also slow blood through our body's vital roads.  

Poor vascular health may contribute to coronary heart disease which may lead to a heart attack and or stroke.  Narrowing in the leg's arteries may be diagnosed as Peripheral Arterial Disease which can result in leg sores, difficulty walking due to pain or even complete removal of the leg.

There are many tests our qualified cardiologists use to diagnose your vascular health.



An angiogram looks for vascular blockages using X-rays while your body is injected with a contrast agent (iodine dye).


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Leg Stretch

Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI)

This non-invasive procedure uses inflatable cuffs to measure blood flow and blood pressure in the arteries of the thigh, calf, foot and toes.


Carotid Duplex

Also a non-invasive test, the carotid duplex measures how well blood is flowing through the carotid arteries in your neck to check for any blockages.  


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Duplex Ultrasound and Venous Reflux Study

The Duplex ultrasound test uses sound waves to observe blood flow through your body's leg arteries.  

The Venous Reflux study uses ultrasound to observe blood flow through your body's leg veins.


San Joaquin Cardiology employs credentialed sonographers in San Joaquin county's first and newest accredited vascular laboratory!  We use the cutting edge technology and experienced providers to  put your health first.

The information contained on is not intended, and should not be relied upon, as a substitute for medical advice or treatment.  

It is very important that individuals with specific medical problems or questions to consult with our cardiology specialists.


Our heart specialists leverage the latest research, reliable technology and extensive experience to help you achieve your health goals.  

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