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Peripheral Arterial Disease Care

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Tired Legs, Fatigued Legs, and More

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common, yet serious, disease. PAD occurs when extra cholesterol and other fats circulating in the blood collect in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to your limbs. This build-up, called plaque, narrows your arteries, often reducing or blocking the flow of blood. PAD is most commonly seen in the legs, but can also be present in the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your head, arms, kidneys, and stomach. Nearly everyone who has PAD - even those who do not have leg symptoms - suffers from an inability to walk as fast or as far as they could before the onset of PAD. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, PAD affects 8 to 12 million people in the United States, especially those over 50.

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ArteriogramArteriogram

An arteriogram, also known as angiography or arteriography, is a minimally-invasive procedure used to diagnose and treat peripheral arterial disease (PAD). It is an imaging test that uses x-rays and a special dye to see inside arteries in the heart, brain, kidney, and many other parts of the body. For PAD, it is most often done through the groin while under moderate or twilight sedation. X-rays are taken to see how the contrast flows through your bloodstream.

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Angioplasty, Stenting, and AtherectomyAngioplasty, Stenting, and Atherectomy

In many cases, interventional radiologists can open blocked or narrowed blood vessels caused by peripheral arterial disease or other conditions. With angioplasty, our physicians insert a very small balloon attached to a thin catheter into a blood vessel through a small nick in the skin. The catheter is threaded under X-ray guidance to the site of the blocked artery. The balloon is inflated to open the artery. Sometimes, a small metal scaffold, called a stent, is inserted to keep the blood vessel open. In most cases, hospitalization and general anesthesia are not required. There is no surgical incision - just a small nick in the skin - and no stitches are needed. Often, patients may return to normal activity shortly after the procedure.

Atherectomy is a minimally-invasive method of removing atherosclerotic plaque from an artery. Unlike angioplasty and stents, which push plaque into the vessel wall, atherectomy involves removing the plaque burden within the vessel.

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Want to learn more about PAD Treatments?

As a part of Fresenius Vascular Care, Connecticut Image Guided Surgery actively seeks to improve the quality of life and reduce the potential health risks for our patients through PAD testing and early intervention. Learn more at at infoPAD.com.



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