Usha Panneerselvam, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursWoodridge Medical Associates
Cranston, RI 02920
- BC/BS of Rhode Island
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Neighborhood Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Roger Williams Medical Center
Why would I need to see a medical specialist?
You should see a specialist when your primary care physician recommends it. Most health issues can be initially managed by primary care physicians. When it gets more serious or complicated, diabetes, ulcers or colitis, etc., a referral to a specialist could be appropriate.
When should I call my doctor after an angiogram or angioplasty?
Call your doctor after an angiogram, angioplasty, or electrophysiology study if you have:
- Bleeding from the site. If bleeding occurs, lie down and apply firm pressure about two fingers above the site. Call 911 and keep pressure on the site.
- Numbness, tingling, or color change in the leg or arm used for the puncture site
- Increasing pain and firmness near the puncture site
- A temperature greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit
- Redness around the site
- Drainage from the site
How does inflammation of the arteries affect the heart?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredInflammation of the arteries causes swelling of the artery walls. This reduces the diameter of the arteries and therefore blood flow. Swelling also causes the blood flow to become turbulent -- that is, not smooth as it should be, but swirling. Turbulent blood flow makes potholes more likely to form in the walls of the arteries, and these potholes provide places where lipids and white blood cells can seep into the wall of the artery. The resulting buildup of lipid deposits along the artery walls (plaque) reduces the diameter of the blood vessel and blood flow even more. All of these events promote inflammation at the tip of the plaque, and clotting at that inflammatory focus, and subsequent cardiovascular disease.
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