Central Valley Vein and Wound is proud to offer peripheral artery disease (PAD) screening at all of our clinic locations- Clovis, Selma, Hanford, Visalia. Additionally, we have 2 outpatient-based angiogram centers in Fresno and Hanford specifically designed to treat PAD.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition in which the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet become narrowed or blocked. This can cause a range of symptoms, including leg pain, cramping, numbness, and weakness. In severe cases, PAD can lead to tissue damage and non-healing wounds, and it can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
An angiogram is a medical imaging procedure that uses X-rays and a contrast dye to visualize the blood vessels in the body. It can be used to diagnose PAD and to guide the treatment of the condition.
During an angiogram for PAD, a catheter is inserted into a blood vessel in the groin or arm and threaded up to the area of the narrowed or blocked artery. Contrast dye is then injected through the catheter, and X-rays are taken to create detailed images of the blood vessels. These images can help healthcare providers identify the location and severity of the blockages, and guide the selection of appropriate treatment options.
In some cases, angiogram can be used to treat PAD. One treatment option is angioplasty, which involves inserting a balloon-tipped catheter into the narrowed or blocked artery and inflating the balloon to open up the artery and improve blood flow. In some cases, a stent may be placed in the artery to help keep it open.
Angiogram can also be used to guide other types of treatments for PAD, such as atherectomy, which involves removing the plaque buildup from the inside of the artery using a specialized catheter.
Overall, angiogram is an important tool for the diagnosis and treatment of PAD. It allows healthcare providers to visualize the affected blood vessels and choose the most appropriate treatment options to improve blood flow and prevent complications.
Dr. Leo Fong, MD- Vascular Surgeon