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Peripheral Angiograms

Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care -  - Internal Medicine, Primary Care, and Urgent Care Center

Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care

Internal Medicine, Primary Care, and Urgent Care Center located in White Plains, NY

If you experience symptoms of peripheral artery disease, such as heaviness in the legs or ulcers, a peripheral angiogram can guide your physician to narrow arteries. Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care in White Plains, New York, uses peripheral angiograms to plan and guide treatments like peripheral angioplasty and stenting. To schedule an appointment, call Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care or book online today.

Peripheral Angiograms Q & A

What are peripheral angiograms?

Peripheral angiograms are tests that use contrast dyes and X-ray imaging to locate an area where an artery has narrowed. Your arteries can narrow because of atherosclerosis — the buildup of fatty plaque along the walls of the vessels.

Usually, you only need peripheral angiograms on the legs and feet, which experience most of the effects of peripheral artery disease. Sometimes, the test is necessary to examine the vessels in the arms and hands, too.

During your peripheral angiogram at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care, your physician injects the contrast dye into one of the blood vessels in the treatment area. Using X-ray imaging, your provider can observe and locate areas where there is excess plaque buildup. Your providers use the results of this test to guide treatment. 

Can I benefit from a peripheral angiogram?

Peripheral angiograms can benefit individuals with peripheral artery disease, which is closely associated with atherosclerosis. You might have peripheral artery disease if you experience symptoms like:

  • Leg cramping
  • Persistent coldness in the legs
  • Leg weakness
  • Leg numbness
  • Ulcers on the legs or feet
  • Shiny skin on your legs
  • Unusual skin coloration in the legs

Men with peripheral artery disease might also experience erectile dysfunction alongside the symptoms affecting the legs.

How should I prepare for a peripheral angiogram?

During your consultation for a peripheral angiogram at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care, your provider gives you instructions on what to eat and other ways to prepare for your upcoming test. For your peripheral angiogram to go smoothly, you should:

  • Avoid eating for 6-8 hours before the appointment
  • Adjust or stop taking certain medications
  • Let your provider know of the medications you currently take
  • Let your provider know of any allergies you have
  • Arrange a ride home from the appointment
  • Remove any jewelry before you arrive 

This is a very general list, and you may have additional instructions to follow according to your health. Be sure to clear your day of any responsibilities so you can spend about two hours in a recovery room after the procedure and rest up afterward for at least the first day. 

If you experience symptoms of peripheral artery disease and want to know more about peripheral angiograms, call Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care or book an appointment online today.