If you or a member of your family has been diagnosed with a heart condition known as a blocked blood vessel, it’s important to find a practice that offers skilled, experienced, and compassionate cardiovascular care. At the office of The DOCS, we provide advanced and timely treatment to address a wide range of cardiovascular issues to help restore a patient’s health and overall well-being. By maintaining a position at the forefront of advances in diagnostic technology and methods of treatment, we can support the healthiest outcomes of care.
Over time, arterial plaque may build up in the blood vessels blocking the supply of blood to the heart. The result is fatigue, shortness of breath, and the inability to participate and enjoy your normal activities. While in some cases medication and lifestyle changes are often helpful to open and widen these blocked coronary arteries, a procedure known as an angioplasty is often recommended. With an angioplasty, we can eliminate blockages to restore the normal flow of blood. Angioplasty procedures are commonly performed under sedation via the insertion of a catheter, into an artery that is located in the groin, arm or wrist. With the use of liquid contrast to highlight the blood flow and x-ray images in “real-time,” the catheter can be carefully guided up to the heart and arteries. This also helps our doctor see any blockages in the blood vessels that lead to your heart. Once the catheter has reached the affected area and is in an appropriate position, a guide wire is moved across the blockage and a tiny balloon on the end of it is carefully inflated. This opens the blocked vessel and restores proper blood flow to the heart. In some cases a stent may also be placed in order to better maintain the restored opening. While some patients are released from the hospital the same day, the average stay is two days or less.
It’s important to keep in mind that although an angioplasty and coronary stent placement are effective in restoring blood flow to the heart, they don’t address the cause of the blockage. For this reason it’s also important to follow a nutritious diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and a reasonable exercise program can help lower your risk for future coronary disease.
At the office of The DOCS, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.
By The DOCS - Cardiovascular
April 22, 2020
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