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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Vascular Problems

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

[posted 06/13/2000]
Question: Is there a drug that can be taken that will reverse the
desease in these arteries? What are the names?

Answer: Not currently, most use cholesterol lowering agents like Lipitor etc.

Vascular Surgery [posted 7/27/98]
Question: My father just found out that he has vascular occlusions from the hips down. Can you tell me about this disease and about the procedure for the surgery? The doctors are planning to do a balloon type procedure for surgery. My dad lives out of town and I cannot make it to the meeting with the doctors.

Answer: The balloon angioplasty is by far the best option if his anatomy will allow it. In this procedure, a balloon is inserted in the artery and inflated when passed through the narrowing. Occasionally, the narrowing is too long or too small for complete opening and surgery is necessary in this case. Risks include rupture, emboli from the balloon, infection and bleeding.

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