Vienna Residents seeking Angioplasty for Peripheral Arterial Disease of the Legs

Angioplasty (also called percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, or PTA) is a procedure in which a thin, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted through an artery and guided to the place where the artery is narrowed.  When the tube reaches the narrowed artery, a small balloon at the end of the tube inflates for a short time. The pressure from the inflated balloon presses the fat and calcium (plaque) against the wall of the artery to improve blood flow.

In angioplasty of the aorta (the major abdominal artery) or the iliac arteries (which branch off from the aorta), a small, expandable tube called a stent is usually put in place at the same time. Reclosure (restenosis) of the artery is less likely to occur if a stent is used. Stents are less commonly used in angioplasty of smaller leg arteries like the femoral, popliteal, or tibial arteries, because they are subject to trauma and damage in these locations.

What Happens After Angioplasty Treatment

Bed rest is required for about 6 to 8 hours after the procedure which may include staying overnight in the hospital.  After you leave the hospital, you can usually return to normal activities.

Heart Healthy Activities for Residents of Vienna, NJ

Vienna, located within Independence Township in Warren County, New Jersey offers a lot of healthy activities.  Explore Stevens State Park, 2 miles east of Hackettstown where there are six miles of marked trails for walking, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.  The trail surfaces range from flat to steep and rocky.  Grab a quick breakfast for lunch at Berry Bowls where you can find a healthy smoothie, a pressed juice, or an antioxidant boosting acai bowl.  Take part in a local CrossFit class at Strong Together Fitness or Gallery Barre, a mix of yoga, dance, and pilates.