Diagnosis

The vascular examination begins with a talk and a clinical examination. The doctor meanwhile assesses the visible vessel and skin changes, feels the pulse and checks for bruits using his stethoscope. He then performs an ultrasound of the blood vessels with blood flow determination, the colour-coded duplex sonography.

In case of arterial circulatory disorders, the Doppler pressure is measured on the legs and arms and the extent of the drop in blood pressure in the leg compared to the arm is determined. This is followed by treadmill exercise testing to objectively measure to what extent walking performance is impaired under standard conditions. The oscillography completes the measurement of blood flow to the tissue and allows assessment of the blood supply right to the fingertips and tiptoes. If inflammation of the blood vessels is suspectedClinical examination, a capillary microscopy follows.

In case of vein disease, the global function of the leg veins can be assessed, complementary to the duplex sonography, by venous occlusion plethsmography and light reflection rheography.

Magnetic resonance angiography, CT angiography and digital subtraction angiography are radiological diagnostic tools and are conducted, in addition to the above-mentioned examinations, for specific clinical problems and prior to complex catheter procedures.

Looking after patients with blood vessel calcification always involves determining and treating the underlying risk factors for blood vessel calcification (elevated cholesterol levels in the blood, diabetes mellitus, smoking and lots more). We carry out all the required tests for this purpose in our practice.

The non-invasive cardiac diagnostic procedures, such as resting ECG, stress ECG, bicycle ergometry and echocardiography, complete our range of services on offer.

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