The team of doctors at Cross County Cardiology represent the best cardiologists in Bergen County, and when we suspect that atherosclerosis in the peripheral arteries of the neck, arms, and legs, we start with the basics and first try to diagnose the condition conservatively, using non-invasive procedures.
However, there are times when a diagnosis can only be confirmed (or treatment provided) using a more invasive strategy to “get a closer look” at the problematic arteries from the inside.
One procedure frequently used for diagnosis and treatment of peripheral vascular conditions is called cardiac catherization. This is a minimally invasive procedures in which a long, thin tube called a catheter is introduced into either the femoral artery in the groin or the radial artery in the wrist or arm and guided to the areas that are blocked with plaque.
These minimally invasive procedures may be performed for diagnostic purposes, such as a peripheral angiogram to confirm or refute a suspected diagnosis of peripheral artery disease (PAD). Or, they may be used to treat the buildup of plaque that has narrowed or blocked an artery, using procedures such as angioplasty, atherectomy, or stent placement. In every case, you can be sure that your Hudson County cardiologists will discuss with you the type of diagnostic or treatment procedure that they recommend, and explain all aspects of it.