How we diagnose and treat PAD?
During your first appointment, our vascular physicians will perform a complete evaluation of your medical and vascular history, followed by a physical examination. After your consultation, your physician may order additional diagnostic studies, such as:
- Doppler ultrasound – a test that uses high frequency sound waves to measure the amount of blood flow through your arteries and veins.
- CT angiography – a test that uses X-rays to provide detailed pictures of the heart and the blood vessels that go to the heart, lung, brain, kidneys, head, neck, legs, and arms.
- MR angiography – a test that uses imaging to evaluate blood vessels and help identify abnormalities.
The vascular physicians at VIA are the only team of physicians qualified to both interpret your vascular diagnostic studies and perform your vascular procedures to treat your disease. Your physician may recommend conservative management, or you may need a minimally invasive, targeted endovascular procedure to manage your peripheral vascular disease.
The following are highly targeted, image-guided procedures:
- Angioplasty – minimally invasive procedure using special balloons to widen narrowed or obstructed arteries or veins.
- Stent placement – minimally invasive procedure that inserts a small wire mesh tube which holds an artery open to prevent it from closing again.
- Stent graft placement – minimally invasive procedure that uses an endovascular stent graft to reinforce the wall of the aorta and to help keep the damaged area from rupturing.
- AAA endograft placement – minimally invasive procedure in which a stent graft is inserted into the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) through small incisions at the groin.