Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common circulation problem in which arteries in the legs are blocked or narrowed. Interventional radiologists treat PAD with angioplasty and stenting of the blocked arteries. Angioplasty is performed by inflating a balloon-like device to open the blocked blood vessel. After an angioplasty, a stent (tiny mesh-like tube) is placed in the vessel to keep it open.
For more information go to:
- Diabetic Peripheral Artery Disease: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UkXnEjv7x4
Society of Interventional Radiology Information for Patients:
- Peripheral Artery Disease: http://www.sirweb.org/patients/peripheral-arterial-disease/
RadiologyInfo.org Information for Patients:
- Angioplasty and Vascular Stenting: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=angioplasty