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is it possible for you to combine angioplasty and atherectomy procedures?

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Dr. Richard Sanders
Vascular Surgery 67 years experience
Yes: Angiography and atherectomy are both performed through the same approach, namely inserting a catheter into an artery, usually the artery at the groin. The angiography is performed first. If this reveals a plaque in the artery accounting for the symptoms, the catheter can be exchanged for another type of catheter that can carry out the atherectomy.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between angiograms and angioplasties?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Diagnose and fix: The angiogram is a roadmap of the inside of the artery showing where the narrowings and blockages are. The angioplasty is a stretching of the artery at the narrowing to open it up. Angiogram to diagnose first, then fix with the angioplasty.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Do different types of angioplasty techniques or stents have different success rates?

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Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
Not really: Depends on amount of plaque and size of vessel. Smaller vessels close faster. Long lesions close faster.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for a doc to perform an angioplasty?

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Dr. Bradley Thomas
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Varies: Angioplasty's can be performed on any artery in the body. Certain areas are easier to access and treat than others. Certain blockages or problems are also more easily treated than others. Some of the shortest angioplasty cases may last only minutes while others may last several hours.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between an angiogram and an angioplasty?

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Dr. Bradley Thomas
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Treatment: An angiogram is the diagnostic portion of a procedure in which contrast is injected into an artery to assess it for disease. Once you decide to treat the problem with a balloon then the procedure becomes an angioplasty.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What food should a person eat after angioplasty?

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Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Vascular Surgery 20 years experience
Most anything: After angioplasty, assuming there are no complications, i generally let tell my patients to eat a regular diet. Of course, i encourage all of my patients to eat as healthy as possible and to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep alcohol and caffeine consumption limited for 24 hours afterwards. Check with your doctor to be sure, as there is no rule that applies to every situation.

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