Peripheral Angiogram and Angioplasty

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Angiography is a medical imaging method for viewing blood vessels. It can be used to ensure for blockages, restrictions, or other abnormalities.

Angiography possibly is used to view the vessels of the legs and arms (peripheral angiography) or to examine the vessels in the heart (coronary angiography) or the lungs (pulmonary angiography).

Blocked Arteries, uneasiness.

During Angiogram, a catheter is used to gain access to the blood vessels, generally through the femoral artery, though the jugular vein may also be used. The Catheter is inserted to guide through the blood vessels and makes X-Ray contrast agent to view the arteries or veins on the monitor.

Angioplasty is employed to widen narrowed or obstructed blood vessels, such as can be caused by peripheral artery disease. To perform angioplasty, a balloon catheter is inserted into a vein or artery and guided through your circulatory system to the narrowed section of the artery or vein and then the balloon is expanded to compress plaque and widen the blood vessel. After the blood vessel gets widened, a stent is placed in it to hold it open and also a preventive measure for the future problems.

The procedure varies but usually takes 30-60mintutes to complete.

Q: Can angiogram and angioplasty be done at the same time?

A: Sometimes the angioplasty is done at the same time as the angiogram, if the location and type of narrowing suggest this is the best treatment.

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