For patients with vascular disorders like coronary artery disease, angioplasty is an effective method of improving blood flow. If you've got narrowed arteries, the Vascular Associates of San Diego team in La Mesa, California, serving all of San Diego County, can help. They specialize in performing minimally invasive procedures like angioplasty to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. To schedule a consultation, call Vascular Associates of San Diego today or book an appointment online.
The Vascular Associates of San Diego team uses angioplasty, a minimally invasive procedure, to improve the circulation in your arteries.
They perform angioplasty using a catheterization technique, so there are no large incisions or wounds. Instead, your provider passes a slender tube called a catheter through a tiny incision and into an artery.
This method has significant advantages for patients compared with open surgery. Angioplasty requires a much shorter hospital stay, is less painful, and you're likely to recover far more quickly.
The most common reason for needing angioplasty is having a condition such as:
These disorders all develop as a result of atherosclerosis, where the arteries become narrowed and hardened. The cause is plaque, a substance made up of cholesterol and waste products found in your blood.
Plaque is sticky and readily attaches to the inner walls of your arteries, reducing their available diameter to allow blood flow. Without treatment, the affected arteries struggle to deliver oxygen to your heart, brain, and the rest of your body.
As well as causing problems like fatigue, atherosclerosis can eventually result in a stroke or heart attack. Angioplasty is a highly effective method of improving your circulation and reducing your risk of suffering a potentially life-threatening health problem.
Before carrying out your angioplasty, the Vascular Associates of San Diego team performs a physical exam and a series of tests, which could include a chest X-ray, electrocardiogram (ECG), and blood tests. You might also need an angiogram to confirm the condition of your arteries.
During the procedure, your provider inserts the catheter into an artery to get access to the treatment site. At the end of the catheter is a balloon, which your provider inflates once the catheter is in position.
The expanding balloon flattens the plaque against the artery walls, widening the artery to allow space for blood to flow freely. Next, your provider may fit a stent — a small tube of wire mesh that supports the artery and stops it from closing off. The stent might also have medication on it that helps prevent more plaque from forming.
If you have an arterial disease and require angioplasty, the Vascular Associates of San Diego team specializes in performing these procedures. Call their office to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.