Peripheral vascular disease refers to disease of the blood vessels outside the heart. Adventist Heart & Vascular Institute can accurately diagnose problems through testing and then provide expert treatment.
An angiogram, or specialized x-ray of the blood vessels outside the heart, pinpoints areas of blockage and damage, and helps to determine the location and scope of the disease.
Depending on the results of the angiogram, we may perform one of the following treatments:
- Angioplasty and Stenting: A catheter is inserted and guided by a physician to open up blood vessels. A stent or small, wire-mesh tube is inserted to keep the blood vessel open to allow normal blood flow. Angioplasty and stenting is used in treating diseased arteries and veins outside the heart.
- Endovascular Grafts (AAA): An endovascular stent graft is a tube composed of fabric supported by a stent that is used to reinforce a weak spot in the aortic artery (aneurysm), thereby preventing the vessel from rupturing. Physicians at Adventist Heart & Vascular Institute use this minimally invasive endovascular stent procedure to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA).
- Carotid Stenting: Carotid arteries are located on each side of the neck and extend from the aorta in the chest to the base of the skull. In this procedure your vascular specialist inserts a stent, which expands inside your carotid artery to increase blood flow in areas blocked by plaque.