When atherosclerosis progresses in the non-cardiac vasculature such as the arteries of the neck or legs, we will nearly always attempt to manage the condition conservatively if this is felt to be safe and appropriate.
However, there will be times when an invasive strategy will be recommended. The cornerstone approach to invasive vascular procedures is done with catheters usually via groin access in the cardiac catheterization lab in the hospital.
These procedures may be simply diagnostic procedures – in order to firmly establish or refute a diagnosis. Or, the procedures may be the start of an invasive treatment strategy to alleviate the atherosclerotic plaque that is blocking the flow.
Your SPCVA physician will discuss with you the best treatment option individualized for your condition, please call for a consultation.