Non-Surgical Treatment for Peripheral Artery Disease

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Your diagnosis as well as the site and degree of peripheral artery disease will determine which types of treatments your doctor recommends.

Suggested lifestyle changes include:

  • Lowering cholesterol
  • Controlling high blood pressure
  • Losing weight
  • Quitting smoking
  • Exercising regularly

In some cases, doctors prescribe a daily dose of aspirin or blood-thinning medications.

If your condition continues to be a problem, your doctor may suggest one of the following procedures, which are done in a lab by a team of medical professionals led by a vascular surgeon (a doctor who specializes in the treatment of blood vessels) or an interventional radiologist and result in much quicker recovery than surgery.

Carotid stenting is a procedure in which a tiny mesh tube called a stent is inserted into a blocked carotid artery to keep it open and to keep the blood flowing.

Angioplasty—also called balloon angioplasty—is a general term for a procedure in which a balloon is inserted into a narrowed or blocked vein or artery. When used to open arteries in the legs, it is more specifically called angioplasty for peripheral artery disease of the legs.

Renal artery angioplasty with stent is a procedure in which a stent is inserted into a blocked renal artery to keep it open and to keep the blood flowing. The renal arteries carry blood to the kidneys.

An abdominal aortic stent graft—also called endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms—is a procedure in which a stent graft is inserted in an aneurysm (bulge) in the aorta. The aorta is the main artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. The stent graft creates a bypass through the aneurysm that allows blood to flow while taking pressure off the wall of the aneurysm.

Contact us at the number above to learn more about these and other services available at Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute.