|Peripheral artery disease often goes undiagnosed, and the symptoms are sometimes misunderstood. This makes peripheral artery disease of particular concern here in our region. Recognition and appropriate treatment of peripheral artery disease may prevent a stroke or heart attack.
Symptoms include pain in the muscles of the legs following exertion. Your legs may hurt when walking, but the pain subsides with rest. If you are experiencing leg pain, consult your primary care doctor, who may recommend an angiogram.
During an angiogram, a dye is injected into the arteries in the legs. As the dye progresses, any blockages that may exist will become visible using a small dose of X-ray, and the treatment can begin. Treatment may include angioplasty or stent placement to keep the blood vessels open. This procedure is done on an outpatient basis, allowing you to be home the same day.
You can find answers to frequently asked questions about this procedure by clicking here.