Ultrasound of the veins and arteries of the extremities (legs or arms)
A healthy vascular system is very important for our health, so we must take good care of it. How healthy the vascular system of our extremities (legs and arms) is, is verified with the ultrasound examination of the veins and arteries of the extremities, which is completely safe and harmless, painless and quick for the patient.
Do you have varicose veins, sore legs, trouble walking or experience leg swelling? Do you have high blood pressure? Do you always have cold hands? Or would you like to preventively check how healthy the vascular system of your extremities is?
Basic information about the examination
Locations of ultrasound examinations
- Bled | Pod skalo 4, 4260 Bled
- Ljubljana | Barvarska steza 4 (Vila Urbana), 1000 Ljubljana
Veins are vessels, in which the blood flows towards the heart. Veins have thinner vessel walls than arteries and have valves. Their key task is to bring the blood to the heart. Veins have a thin wall, but generally a larger diameter than arteries, so the blood flows through them slower and under significantly less pressure.
Arteries are vessels, which carry oxygen-enriched blood from the heart to different tissues in our body. The arteries are strong and elastic, while the blood pressure in them is higher. Healthy arteries are of key importance for our health. If the arteries are not completely healthy, this affects the blood flow in the body, which is why our internal organs do not receive enough blood and cannot function properly.
Frequently asked questions
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With the ultrasound of the leg veins we discover chronic failure of surface veins or varicose veins, establish places of failure, consult with patients about appropriate measures, present the method of treatment and assess whether treatment is still necessary.
Vascular system diseases affect men as well as women. The examination is recommended, if you experience leg problems or swelling or notice the first signs of varicose veins.
When should you decide to undergo an ultrasound of the leg veins?
- If you suspect you have deep vein thrombosis (blockade of the deep vein system due to a clot),
- phlebitis (inflammation of the surface veins),
- leg pain, cramping,
- leg swelling (phleboedema),
- varicose veins,
- as a control check-up during or after anticoagulation treatment due to deep vein thrombosis or phlebitis.
With the ultrasound of the leg arteries we discover early arteriosclerotic changes in the arteries. The patients are advised about preventive measures, warned about the arteriosclerosis risk factors and in case of larger, more significant changes, about the treatment.
When should you decide to undergo an ultrasound of the leg arteries?
- If you are experiencing leg pain and you do not know why,
- in case of trouble walking (when it is difficult to walk short distances),
- in case of leg pain, when we are still,
- to monitor the efficiency of the vascular system surgery results,
- to assess the condition of potential arteriosclerotic changes in patients with arteriosclerosis risk factors.
Vascular system diseases affect men as well as women. The preventive examination is recommended after the age of forty. It is especially appropriate for smokers, diabetics, people with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and genetically predisposed people.
The ultrasound of the arm veins is recommended for patients with venous flow disturbances when suspecting vein thrombosis.
The ultrasound of the arm arteries is recommended for patients with poor arm blood flow, if the hands are cold, if the measured blood pressure values in the right and left hand differ, and also in case of suspected Raynaud's phenomenon.