Vascular Diagnostic Services
We provide a full range of non-invasive tests for the diagnosis of diseases in arteries and veins. These are carried out by trained and highly skilled vascular technologists at our vascular diagnostic laboratory at Gleneagles hospital.
These tests use blood pressure cuffs at the thigh, calf and toes to electronically measure pressures and blood flow in the legs for the diagnosis of underlying disease in the arteries and to monitor progress in patients after treatment. This especially important in diabetic patients who can have severe disease in the arteries without many symptoms until infection or gangrene occur with a risk amputation.
This is a non-invasive ultrasound based test to map the extent and severity of disease in the arteries and veins. The tests are carried out by a trained technologist or a vascular surgeon.
Duplex scans are required for planning the type of procedure that may be most suitable for a patient’s arterial or venous condition and to follow-up patients who have had previous procedures.
This is a new screening test to diagnose whether symptoms of heaviness, aching and swelling in the legs that many people experience are indeed due to any significant vein disease. It is simple ten minute test where a wireless pressure probe shaped like a disc is put on each of the patients’s legs and they are then ask to move their move their ankle up and down ten times. Patients who maintain high pressures in the leg despite this ankle movement may have significant vein disease and require a full range of vein tests.
Changes in diet and lifestyle have led to an epidemic of diabetes worldwide. Type 2 diabetes (the diet lifestyle related diabetes that affects us as we grow older) is up to 6 times more common in people of South Asian descent. Studies suggest that the lifetime risk of a diabetic foot ulcer in a diabetic may be as high as 25%, and these ulcers or wounds precede amputations in about 85% of cases. Failure of the wound to heal is related largely to the poor blood flow in the legs and feet of diabetics and their inability to feel their feet well due to loss of a sensation. An early assessment of sensation and blood flow allows appropriate steps to be taken to prevent ulcers from occurring in the first place.
Remember, almost half of those with a major amputation are unlikely to live beyond 5 years. Prevention is the key.