What should I ask my doctor before a cardiovascular ultrasound test?

The following questions can help you talk to your physician about an ultrasound test or a duplex ultrasound. Print out or write down these questions and take them with you to your appointment. Taking notes can help you remember your physician’s response when you get home.
  • What symptoms or test results indicated that an ultrasound test might be beneficial?
  • What will the ultrasound test tell us about the health of my heart, blood vessels, or kidneys?
  • What happens next if the ultrasound test identifies a possible problem?
Duplex ultrasound:
  • What will the duplex ultrasound test tell us about the health of my blood vessels?
  • What happens next if the duplex ultrasound test identifies a possible problem?

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