Who Needs Angioplasty?

Who Needs Angioplasty?

The team at Frontier Medical Care, led by vascular surgeon Dr. Farouk Marzouk, specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases that affect blood flow through your peripheral arteries and veins (those outside your chest).

Here’s what you should know about peripheral arterial angioplasty and who might benefit from this minimally invasive procedure.

What is peripheral arterial angioplasty?

Peripheral arterial angioplasty is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that our Frontier Medical Care team uses to widen narrowed arteries in the arms, pelvis region, or legs.

During this endovascular surgery, one that takes place within the damaged blood vessel, Dr. Marzouk uses a small medical device (balloon) inserted via a tube (catheter) into the artery to clear away plaque that’s disrupting normal blood flow.

Originally designed to clear narrowed arteries that block adequate blood flow to your heart or brain, angioplasty is a relatively minor procedure that provides significant health benefits.

When is peripheral arterial angioplasty appropriate?

Linked to peripheral artery disease (PAD) that’s caused by plaque-producing atherosclerosis, narrowed peripheral arteries can result in a variety of symptoms that can make it hard to accomplish your daily routine.

PAD symptoms are often more noticeable in the legs, but the condition can also affect your arms and may decrease necessary blood flow to the kidneys and other vital organs.

Dr. Marzouk may recommend angioplasty if you’re experiencing:

Note that tissue death and other complications related to advanced PAD may eventually require limb amputation and can result in serious medical conditions such as kidney failure.

Does angioplasty cure PAD?

Increased blood flow through arteries treated with angioplasty can immediately reduce or even eliminate the symptoms you’re experiencing.

However, while angioplasty can clear the arterial blockages caused by PAD and restore adequate circulation, it is not a “cure” for the disease itself. 

To help prevent future arterial blockage related to PAD, Dr. Marzouk may recommend:

Note that plaque buildup in your peripheral arteries is often an indicator of coronary and/or carotid artery disease, which can cause a life-threatening heart attack or stroke. Thus, if you are diagnosed with PAD, Dr. Marzouk may recommend further diagnostic studies to evaluate the health of these major arteries.

For more information about angioplasty or any of the other services we offer, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Marzouk at Frontier Medical Care today. Call our Brooklyn office in New York City or use the convenient “book online” button.

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