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Peripheral vascular angioplasty: Risks and benefits

Karen Wang

Peripheral vascular angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD, a condition in which the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet become narrowed or blocked. During the procedure, a small balloon is inflated inside the affected artery to widen it and improve blood flow. While peripheral vascular angioplasty is generally considered safe and effective, there are some risks and benefits that patients should be aware of. Angioplasty and stenting offers life-enhancing sometimes lifesaving treatment for certain conditions. A blocked artery can cause serious health problems, especially if it prevents one of the body’s most critical organs for example, the heart, brain or kidneys from getting the oxygen needed to keep you alive and functioning.