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Is there any other non-invasive way to check blocked arteries besides angiogram?

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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The simplest and least invasive option is to have abi/pvr. This is a noninvasive test that measures the blood pressure of the arms and compares it to the pressure in various parts of the legs.
This along with the waveforms will give your vascular surgeon an excellent idea of where a blockage may be located.

In brief: Yes

The simplest and least invasive option is to have abi/pvr. This is a noninvasive test that measures the blood pressure of the arms and compares it to the pressure in various parts of the legs.
This along with the waveforms will give your vascular surgeon an excellent idea of where a blockage may be located.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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Dr. Linda Harris
Physical exam and noninavasive testing are usually the first methods to check blocked arteries. Angiograms are usually reserved for patients who need an intervention.
Dr. Linda Harris
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Unless you are found to have significant decrease in blood flow by ultrasound, or if you have an ulcer or wound, an invasive test is not necessary.
Duplex, mra, and cta can all assess blood flow, but only the duplex will give hemodynamic information (blood pressures). A vascular surgeon can best assess whether you need any additional testing other than exam and ultrasound (duplex).

In brief: Yes

Unless you are found to have significant decrease in blood flow by ultrasound, or if you have an ulcer or wound, an invasive test is not necessary.
Duplex, mra, and cta can all assess blood flow, but only the duplex will give hemodynamic information (blood pressures). A vascular surgeon can best assess whether you need any additional testing other than exam and ultrasound (duplex).
Dr. Linda Harris
Dr. Linda Harris
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Ultrasound, cta or mra.
Check out radiologyinfo.Org.

In brief: Yes

Ultrasound, cta or mra.
Check out radiologyinfo.Org.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Linda Harris
Actually, the angiogram should be reserved for patients who are going to be treated for the blocked artery. It should not be used to diagnose peripheral arterial disease. The best way to diagnose PAD is an evaluation by a vascular surgeon +/- a vascular lab study (ultrasound) of the legs with blood pressures. This will determine the extent of blockage and whether other treatment is necessary.
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

An arterial ultrasound is a noninvasive screening test to check for blocked arteries.
Another noninvasive technique is a ct angiogram. However, the "gold standard" is a formal angiogram.

In brief: Yes

An arterial ultrasound is a noninvasive screening test to check for blocked arteries.
Another noninvasive technique is a ct angiogram. However, the "gold standard" is a formal angiogram.
Dr. Wesley Marquart
Dr. Wesley Marquart
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