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Tests and Procedures

Arterial Doppler (Upper or Lower)

An Arterial Doppler test checks the circulation in either your arms or legs. This test relies on the use of blood pressure cuffs (similar to the one used to take your arm blood pressure). It measures and records blood flow patterns and pressures to either the upper or lower extremities. The technologists will also listen to your arteries.

Preparation and Procedure

  • Upper Extremity Arterial Doppler  - you will be lying on your back.
    • Several blood pressure cuffs may be wrapped around your extremities depending on which test is ordered by your doctor.
  • Lower Extremity Arterial Doppler - you may be asked to walk on a treadmill.
    • Several blood pressure cuffs may be wrapped around your extremities depending on which test is ordered by your doctor.
      • Those unable to walk, a procedure called Reactive Hyperemia will be done. This involves the tightening of a blood pressure cuff for 5 minutes, which will be fully explained by the technologist.
  • Wear clothing that is easy to remove
  • There are no diet restrictions
  • Please bring a list of medications

Time Required

1 hour in the Cardiovascular Department

If you have questions about preparing for this test, call your doctor or MidMichigan's Cardiovascular Department at (989) 839-3570.

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