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

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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.
 
Ultrasound:
  • 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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