At the office of The DOCS, one of the safe and effective cardiovascular procedures for a blocked blood vessel that we specialize in is called peripheral angioplasty.
When Should You Consider Peripheral Angioplasty?
High cholesterol or plaque can build up in blood vessels causing them to narrow or constrict. When this happens, it can be dangerous because the constriction can cut off blood supply. The build up of plaque can happen in any of the blood vessels in your body including the “peripheral” ones or those that are furthest from the heart such as your arms and legs.
If you have this condition, you may notice symptoms such as a cold , numbing feeling, or even change of color in your legs. You may also feel cramping in your legs after physical activity. Some people also feel soreness in their toes, or have pain that is then relieved with movement. Men with the condition may also have erectile dysfunction.
What is Peripheral Angioplasty?
The non-invasive procedure that we use to open up the blockage in your peripheral vessels is called peripheral angioplasty. The procedure involves inserting a tiny balloon into the blocked blood vessel to expand it and allow blood to flow freely. Once the vessel is widened, the balloon is removed. On the day of the procedure, you will come to the Cath Lab where you will receive local anesthesia. Your doctor will make sure you are comfortable and then will conduct the procedure using the latest technology. You may also be given medications to prevent complications. Your doctor will discuss the procedure in detail with you prior to your appointment and make sure you are comfortable with what to expect, how to prepare, and how to best care for yourself following the angioplasty.
Rest assured you are in excellent hands with our team of experts and can expect successful, long-term results!
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By The DOCS - Cardiovascular
May 21, 2020
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