The buildup of fat in your arteries is to be expected with age. If it becomes too much and causes symptoms like limb pain or trouble breathing, you may need to consider an angioplasty by Farouk Marzouk, MD, at Frontier Medical Care LLC in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, to expand your artery. To find out more about the procedure and why you may need it, call Frontier Medical Care or book a consultation online today.
Angioplasty is a type of procedure that Dr. Marzouk uses to open up arteries that are clogged or otherwise congested. While this sounds complex and invasive, the procedure only involves one small incision on a blood vessel in your arm, wrist, or leg. Dr. Marzouk begins by numbing the area with a local anesthetic before placing a thin tube called a catheter through the incision.
Dr. Marzouk guides the catheter through your artery to reach the blockage in or near your heart. Once he reaches it, he inflates a tiny balloon attached to the end of the catheter, which widens the narrow artery. After inflating and deflating the balloon several times to stretch your blood vessel, he removes the catheter and the balloon.
Dr. Marzouk may also place a wire mesh device called a stent in your artery after the angioplasty to hold it open and support its structure. You might experience some chest pain throughout the process, but overall an angioplasty is a safe procedure.
Dr. Marzouk primarily uses angioplasty as a treatment for atherosclerosis, a condition characterized by fat accumulating and hardening into plaque within your arteries. You can improve mild atherosclerosis simply by changing your lifestyle to be more heart-healthy, but more progressed atherosclerosis may require an angioplasty procedure.
Several symptoms could indicate that you have atherosclerosis. WIth atherosclerosis, you might experience:
If Dr. Marzouk suspects that you have atherosclerosis and may need an angioplasty to treat it, he uses arterial duplex ultrasound to view a colored map of your arteries and identify blockages. Using soundwaves, an ultrasound maps out the inside of your body for easy viewing.
Angioplasty isn’t an appropriate treatment strategy for everyone with atherosclerosis. Dr. Marzouk thoroughly assesses your symptoms and medical history to decide whether or not to use the procedure. Angioplasty may be right for you if:
There are several steps you’ll need to take in preparation for an angioplasty. Before you commit to the procedure, Dr. Marzouk discusses them with you to make sure you can follow them.
Persistent chest pain or leg swelling isn’t typical. To find out if you need an angioplasty to open your artery, book an appointment by phone or online at Frontier Medical Care LLC today.