PERIPHERAL VASCULAR (INTERVENTIONAL AND DIAGNOSTIC)
More than 12 million people in the United States suffer from vascular disease.
The most common cause of peripheral artery disease is atherosclerosis,
or buildup of plaque in the arterial walls. Many of these cases are complicated
by cardiac disease, hypertension, diabetes, lipid disorders or kidney
disease. Recent data suggests that peripheral vascular disease continues
to be a prevalent yet under-diagnosed and under-treated condition.
The Peripheral Vascular Disease program at Garden City Hospital is designed
to collaborate with interventional cardiologists and primary care providers
to increase awareness/detection, optimize clinical outcomes, as well as,
patient satisfaction. Peripheral vascular disease shares the same risk
factors as coronary artery disease, and the diseases often occur together.
Our patients are now benefiting from the latest endovascular technologies.
These procedures have had tremendous success returning blood flow to the
lower extremities for limb salvage and non-healing wound patients.
Peripheral arterial angioplasty is performed after angiography has documented
that percutaneous intervention is appropriate and technically possible.
In general, peripheral vascular interventions involve reestablishment
of improved blood flow at the site of blocked arteries most commonly in
the leg or leading to the kidneys by balloon inflation, placement of a
stent or atherectomy procedure.
Peripheral Vascular Diagnostic Testing
A Doppler ultrasound test uses reflected sound waves to evaluate blood
as it flows through a blood vessel. . A hand-held device called a transducer
is placed on the area to be examined and transmits high frequency sound
waves (ultrasound). It helps doctors evaluate blood flow through the arteries
in the legs of the legs. It can show blocked or reduced blood flow through
narrowing in the arteries in your lower extremities.