BayCare Clinic Minute: What is angioplasty?

Hello and welcome to the BayCare Clinic
Minute! Today we’re going to learn a little bit about angioplasty – Dr.
Sundlass. What’s an angioplasty? An angioplasty is using a balloon mounted
on a catheter to open up a narrowing in an artery and a vein. We can get access
into the artery and vein anywhere usually in the leg, and insert a
wire and catheter using x-rays to see where we’re going in the body, get across
the obstructed segments and use a balloon to open it up. When is an
angioplasty needed? Who needs one of these? The symptoms of an
arterial blockage, for example is called claudication. That’s when you get
pain in your calves, your thighs, or in your hips when you walk. Then,
when you rest, it goes away. If you have a blockage in your vein, you oftentimes get
swelling in your legs. In those cases, that calls for an angioplasty? Usually,
but a doctor will examine you and make sure. Thank you, that’s our time!
We’ll see you again soon!

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