What a Vascular Assessment Involves

September 30, 2012
by Guest Author

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The arteries and veins within the body have the important job of carrying the blood from one part of the body to another. The blood carries within it the nutrients and other important elements that the body needs to survive. Therefore, it is important for the blood vessels to remain open, allowing the blood to flow quickly and freely to supply the body with everything it needs to function properly. A vascular assessment is a tool doctors use to evaluate the efficiency of these blood vessels.

If you feel as though the patient is at risk for problems related to the blood vessels, you may order a vascular assessment to check for signs of impending issues. Strokes, heart attacks, blood clots and aneurysms are all problems that can go undetected before they become dangerous. However, unless you know they exist, you are often unaware of their existence until after the patient experiences a significant episode. Therefore, checking at-risk patients for the potential of these conditions can help save lives.

When the patient undergoes a vascular assessment, a special ultrasound monitors the function of the blood vessels. The ultrasound wand moves along the exterior of the body to check the major blood vessels. This ultrasound shows the rate of blood flow through the vessels and monitors for any abnormalities that can signify a problem. For instance, a vascular assessment ultrasound can show narrowing of a blood vessel, which restricts flow, or the presence of a blood clot or aneurysm.

After the vascular assessment, you must evaluate the results. Based on these results, you can make a diagnosis, if necessary. Part of that diagnosis may involve ordering medications that thin the blood to help it flow better through the narrowing vessels or break up blood clots. Treating these conditions early can help prevent more serious conditions, such as strokes, heart attacks and even death.

Protecting the blood vessels in the body is important to your patient’s overall health, especially that of the brain. Without proper blood flow, the body’s cells can die and the organs will eventually shut down. Like many other medical areas, preventative maintenance can save your lives. By testing patients who are at an increased risk for diseases of the blood vessels, you can catch these problems before they become a more serious issue for your patients. Those patients at a greater risk can benefit from a routine vascular assessment to monitor for new issues.

If you want to learn more about Vascular Assessment and the tools used in these tests, visit Perimed Instruments or call +46 8 580 11990 for more information.

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