The vascular laboratory of the Yakima Heart Center was founded in 2004 and was accredited in Vascular Testing in 2010 by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC), a national commission offering accreditation for each of the testing areas that a vascular laboratory performs. We are accredited in extracranial cerebrovascular, peripheral venous, peripheral arterial and visceral vascular testing.
The vascular department is directed by Victor V. Sharpe M.D., F.A.C.P. and Huong Johnston, RVT.
The word vascular refers to our body's circulatory system — the blood vessels which carry blood from the heart to the body's organs (the arteries) and from the organs back to the heart (the veins).
Vascular disease refers to the unhealthy changes which occur in our blood vessels. There are many different causes and risk factors for vascular disease, including plaque build-up in the arteries, aneurysms, varicose veins and blood clots in the veins. Examples of risk factors include, but not limited to: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, cigarette smoking and family history.
In vascular ultrasound, an ultrasound machine uses high frequency sound to take images of the arteries and veins of your body. Vascular ultrasound can also be known as a Doppler or duplex study. For example, if your physician wants to make sure that you do not have a blood clot in your leg, he or she might order a venous duplex or venous Doppler examination.
Vascular ultrasound helps physicians diagnose a variety of conditions related to cardiovascular disease, disorders of the heart and blood vessels.
We offer many types of testing services using ultrasound imaging, Doppler flow evaluation and physiologic testing. Each patient is individually evaluated with the specific type of exam that best answers the ordering physician’s question. The following are some of the studies that we perform:
Vascular ultrasound procedures are noninvasive, meaning they do not require the use of needles, dyes, radiation or anesthesia and are, therefore, relatively painless and harmless.
Most exams are performed lying down on an exam bed. If you have any issues transferring onto an exam bed or laying down flat, please contact our vascular department to discuss options.
Exam times may vary based on the physician’s requested exam. Exam times may vary from one hour to three hours. An estimated duration of the exam will be given to you when scheduling the test or it will be written on your reminder slip.
If you are having one of these exams, you must also follow the fasting instructions:
1.) The day before the test:
2.) The day of the test:
Your physician that ordered the exam and your primary care physician will receive a copy of the report within a few days. If there are critical findings that will need immediate attention, your physician will be notified as soon as possible. If you do not have a follow-up appointment for the results or do not hear from your doctor within a week, you may call us at 509-248-7715 and ask for the results of your tests.
To schedule a test, you will need to have a physician's written order with a valid diagnosis code. This ensures that the correct study is ordered for your condition and that the test can be billed to your insurance.
Screening exams for vascular disease do not require a physicians order. To schedule a screening exam, please call our scheduling department and we will be happy to provide you with an appointment. Telephone (509)-574-0243