Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is caused by a decrease in blood flow to their arms, legs, or feet. If left untreated, this systemic, whole body condition can lead to heart attack, stroke, severe leg pain, ulceration, infections, and/or amputation. PAD accounts for the majority of leg and foot amputation in the United States.
We offer ABI screening to screen all patients, especially high risk patients for PVD. CT angiography (CTA): If the screening ABI was positive, then we can further evaluate/confirm your disease by doing CT angiography which is a test that uses CT scanner to produce detailed views of the arteries in your abdomen, pelvis and legs, after injecting contrast agent through peripheral IV line. This test is particularly useful to provide us with the needed information of how to treat your peripheral vascular disease.
An angiogram is a high resolution picture of your arteries, performed using a colorless dye or CO2 and an x-ray machine to outline your blood vessels. By clearly identifying where and how severe the blockages are, your doctor will be able to advise you on what treatment may be necessary. In the Vascular & Interventional Institute of Louisville, we offer all kind on Endovascular treatments:
We will arrange for you to have some simple blood tests. The IR doctor needs to see a list of all of your medications (tablets, inhalers, creams), so please bring a copy of your current prescriptions with you.
Sometimes, certain medicines need to be stopped before your procedure. The IR doctor or nurse will be able to advise you whether you need to stop any medicines. These medicines can be restarted after your angiogram – but the IR doctor or nurse will advise you on this.