Some people experience the symptoms of vascular disease such as leg pain or slowly healing sores. Many do not experience any symptoms.
A Vascular Consult involves discussing your current health and symptoms (such as leg pain or slowly healing sores), understanding the risks and complications of Vascular conditions, and the opportunity to learn more about healthy lifestyles from our team of heart specialists at Polaris Heart Clinic in Woodbridge. This may also involve education regarding potential treatment methods or procedures as indicated based on your condition.
Patients seeking a vascular consult may not necessarily have a heart condition; some may seek assessment as a preventative measure due to the increased risk of vascular disease with age.
What you can expect
During the vascular consult, your cardiologist will evaluate your past medical history, symptoms, and risk factors for developing vascular disease for early detection and treatment of conditions, allowing for improved health outcomes.
Diagnostic tests that may be performed to determine if you have underlying vascular disease.
Vascular ultrasounds are usually done to evaluate the presence of blockage in the neck or the leg arteries.
"Ankle Brachial Index" is another test that measures circulation of the legs by comparing the pressure in arms and legs.
How you prepare
Your initial consultation typically involves an interview, physical examination, and other testing, based on your condition.
Patients are encouraged to bring:
A List of Current Medical Conditions
A List of Current Medications
Previous Medical Testing Results
A List of Questions to Ask the Cardiologist
A List of Symptoms and When They Started
Once the results of testing are obtained, your cardiology provider will discuss the optimal treatment plan, which can include preventative measures such as lifestyle modifications (i.e. healthy diet, physical activity, smoking cessation), medications, cardiac rehabilitation, or further procedures.