How is an angioplasty performed?Angioplasty is a procedure that reopens blocked blood vessels to the heart. A physician inserts a hollow needle (catheter) into the diseased artery and pushes a small deflated balloon into the blocked section. Then the physician inflates the balloon to widen the artery. Full Post
What are the treatment options for carotid artery stenosis?
There are three current options of therapy for carotid artery stenosis but this depends on the degree of stenosis and whether or not you are having any symptoms. The first treatment option would be antiplatelet therapy (Aspirin or Plavix), which most patients should be taking if there are no contraind... Full Post
What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)?
An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulging of the main blood vessel off of the heart. It can occur anywhere along the length of the aorta but is most common just below the arteries that go to the kidneys. This can be felt if big enough just above the belly button. It generally occurs over the age... Full Post