More than 12 million people in the United States suffer from vascular disease. The most common cause of peripheral vascular disease is atherosclerosis or the 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 suggest that peripheral vascular disease continues to be a prevalent yet under-diagnosed condition.
Peripheral vascular disease at Garden City Hospital is treated with the collaboration of interventional cardiologists and primary care providers to increase awareness/detection, optimize clinical outcomes, as well as, patient satisfaction. The peripheral vascular disease shares the same risk factors as coronary artery disease, and the diseases often occur together. Our patients benefit from the latest endovascular technologies. These procedures have tremendous success in returning blood flow to the lower extremities for saving limbs and non-healing wound patients.
Peripheral arterial angioplasty is performed after angiography has documented that insertion through the skin is appropriate and technically possible. In general, peripheral vascular interventions involve the re-establishment 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.
How to Test for Peripheral Vascular Disease
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. It can show blocked or reduced blood flow through the narrowing of the arteries in your lower extremities.