Arterial Treatments

Located in Santa Cruz County, California, Monterey Bay Vascular is your local health system dedicated to improving and maintaining the health of the residents of our community. Every year, we serve more than 300,000 patients with an array of healthcare services using the latest medical technology. There is no need to travel for the best care – Monterey Bay Vascular offers patient-focused, high-quality, cost-effective services to promote health and wellness.

Arterial Disease Treatment

Treatments for arterial diseases such as peripheral arterial disease (PAD) or coronary artery disease (CAD) have two goals. One is to manage your painful symptoms, including leg or chest pain, so you can continue to live a happy, healthy life. The second is to stop the progression of atherosclerosis in the body, which reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack.

Medications called statins are commonly prescribed for people with peripheral artery disease. Statins help lower bad cholesterol and reduce plaque buildup in the arteries. The drugs also lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

There's no cure for peripheral arterial disease (PAD), but lifestyle changes and medicine can help reduce the symptoms. These treatments can also help reduce your risk of developing other types of cardiovascular disease (CVD), such as: coronary heart disease. stroke.


A lower extremity atherectomy is a minimally invasive procedure during which a vascular surgeon removes plaque from your arteries using a catheter. It is performed under general anesthesia to keep you comfortable and relaxed.

To begin, the vascular surgeon makes a small incision in the artery to insert the catheter. Once in place, the catheter collects plaque in a chamber placed at its tip. Depending on the amount of plaque in your arteries, your vascular surgeon will repeat the procedure several times to ensure optimal blood flow.

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Angioplasty is used to treat the buildup of fatty plaques in the heart's blood vessels. This buildup is a type of heart disease known as atherosclerosis. Angioplasty may be a treatment option for you if: You have tried medications or lifestyle changes but these have not improved your heart health.

A coronary angioplasty usually takes between 30 minutes and 2 hours, although it can take longer. You'll be asked to lie on your back on an X-ray table. You'll be linked up to a heart monitor and given a local anaesthetic to numb your skin.

Usually, you'll need to stop eating or drinking six to eight hours before an angiography. Take approved medications with only small sips of water on the morning of your procedure. Gather all of your medications to take to the hospital with you, including nitroglycerin, if you take it. Arrange for transportation home.


Stenting can be done in combination with angioplasty and atherectomy. Years of plaque buildup damages the artery walls. Even after cleaning the artery, its walls are often too weak to stay open. Stents are wiry, mesh tubes that act as an internal support system for damaged arterial walls. They prevent the arteries from closing after your vascular surgeon removes plaque buildup.

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