When peripheral artery disease is left untreated, it can lead to persistent wounds, infections, and heart attacks or stroke. However, if heart doctors can diagnose peripheral artery disease before it causes these complications, they can create a treatment plan to prevent them. A peripheral angiogram is a diagnostic test that uses x-ray imagery to determine whether peripheral artery disease is present in the arms or legs.
A peripheral angiogram is a minimally invasive procedure that is typically done on an outpatient basis. In many cases, patients remain awake during the procedure. The test can alert heart doctors to the presence of blocked arteries in the extremities. After determining if the arteries are suffering from plaque buildup, cardiologists can prescribe medication to thin the blood and reduce cholesterol in the bloodstream or do a procedure to unblock the artery. They can also offer diet and exercise recommendations to help patients further reduce their risk of future wounds, infections, and serious heart events.
During a peripheral angiogram , a catheter is inserted into an artery that releases dye into the bloodstream. This dye highlights the arteries in targeted regions, and if any blockages are present, they will show up on x-rays. This is an outpatient procedure.
Most peripheral angiogram patients can return home the same day as their procedures. However, many heart doctors may recommend that patients rest for the remainder of the day. Because the site at which the catheter is inserted might be sore, patients might also want to avoid rigorous activity in the days following their procedures.
Are you scheduled for an upcoming peripheral angiogram? If you have more questions about this safe and convenient procedure, call Cardiac Solutions at (623) 208-5305. The associates at our Glendale or Peoria clinic can explain your test in further detail and discuss the preliminary measures you may need to take before undergoing it.