Angiogram Procedure Explained by The Medical Director
Dr. Gaurav Lakhanpal, the medical director for The Center for Vascular Medicine, explains the Angiogram procedure. This is a procedure to check the arterial circulation in the body using a dye test.
The risk factors for this peripheral arterial disease are smokers, diabetes, high cholesterol, family history, which can contribute to the formation of blockages in the arteries.
The is the treatment for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) or claudication of arteries:
1) Medical Therapy - The medical doctor prescribes the use of aspirin, control cholesterol, control blood pressure, walking 30-40 minutes 5-7 days a week. Smoking cessation is required for smokers.
2) Angiogram - Placing a dye in the arteries to identify where the blockage are.
3) Atherectomy - clean the blockage that is identified.
4) Angioplasty- Use a balloon to open the arteries and place a stent, if needed.
If the patient is allergic to contrast dyes, then a Carbon Dioxide gas is used instead.