Southeast Houston Cardiology offers two types of vascular ultrasound: venous and arterial. The venous studies employ ultrasound and doppler tests to search for blood clots in the veins of the legs. Detecting these blood clots early is extremely important, because clots in the veins of the legs sometimes dislodge and float into the lung. A blood clot that migrates to the lungs (pulmonary embolism) can be life threatening.
Southeast Houston Cardiology also offers arterial imaging of the legs. These studies search for any narrowing or blockage of the arteries supplying blood flow to the legs. Narrowing of the arteries in the legs often results in pain with ambulation called claudication. If our cardiologists detect obstruction of the arteries in the legs, they may recommend medications or further testing to treat the condition.