Segmental Limb Pressures and Pulse Volume Recordings Upper
What is it?
Segmental limb pressures and pulse volume recordings (PVR’s) are tests that are performed together to measure the blood pressures and blood volumes in the legs or arms. These measurements are made to identify the presence and location of peripheral vascular disease (blockage or narrowing of the arteries supplying the arms or legs).
Why you are having this procedure (symptoms/indications):
Your doctor may have ordered segmental limb pressures and pulse volume recordings to evaluate your leg pain or you may have known or suspected peripheral artery disease.
Prep for the procedure:
There is no preparation for the test.
What to expect:
You will have to remove your socks, shoes and clothing and wear a gown. You will be asked to lie on your back during the test. Blood pressure cuffs will be placed around your arms and at different levels on your legs. The cuffs will be inflated and a probe (Doppler transducer) will be used to record the blood pressure is your arms and legs. The cuffs will be inflated again to measure the blood volume in your legs. The test will take about an hour to complete.
There are no known risks associated with this test.
Post procedure instructions/limitations:
You may resume your normal activities immediately following the test.