The Ultimate Guide to Arterial Treatments & Insights from Monterey Bay Vascular 

Vascular, we provide less invasive treatments like angiograms, atherectomies, balloon angioplasties, and stent placements. We also offer personalized lifestyle programs to manage diseases. Schedule a consultation with our physician (Mazen Hashisho) and explore the best treatment options. 

Benefits of Arterial Treatments 

Arterial treatments can offer several benefits, including: 

  • Improved blood flow 
  • Reduced risk of heart attack and stroke 
  • Relief from pain and symptoms 
  • Improved quality of life 

Common Arterial Treatment Options 

The most common arterial treatments include: 

  1. Medications: Medications can be used to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, which can help to prevent and slow the progression of arterial disease. 
  1. Lifestyle changes: Healthy lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly, can also help to improve arterial health. 
  1. Diet: Adopt a heart-healthy diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products. Limit your intake of saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, and sodium. 
  1. Physical Activity: Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise per week. Regular physical activity helps improve blood flow and arterial health. 
  1. Quit Smoking: If you smoke, quitting is the most impactful change you can make for your arteries. Smoking cessation leads to an immediate improvement in arterial function. 
  1. Manage Stress: Chronic stress can contribute to arterial problems. Explore stress management techniques like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises. 
  1. Limit Alcohol: Excessive alcohol consumption can have adverse effects on arterial health. If you choose to drink, do so in moderation. 
  1. Minimally invasive procedures: These procedures, such as balloon angioplasty and stenting, can open blocked or narrowed arteries. 
  1. Surgery: Surgery may be necessary in some cases to bypass blocked arteries or repair damaged arteries. 

Monterey Bay Vascular 

Monterey Bay Vascular is a leading provider of arterial treatments in the Monterey Bay area. The clinic offers a variety of minimally invasive and surgical procedures, including: 

Angiogram with interventions: An angiogram is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed under conscious sedation in an outpatient setting. Contrast (dye) is injected into the arteries allowing blockages to appear under X-Ray imaging. A catheter is inserted from the groin and fed into the arteries of the leg. With the X-Ray images as a guide, the vascular specialist then treats the blood clots in the legs using an array of devices and methods of treatment; such as angioplasty, stent and/or an atherectomy. 

Patients are left only with a small incision mark at the catheter insertion sight and are able to go home same day. No general anesthesia or hospital stay is required.  

Atherectomy: This is a minimally invasive intervention that uses a catheter (a small, thin tube) to gently remove plaque stuck in your arteries. While under local anesthesia, a small incision is made so the catheter can be easily inserted. During the procedure, the catheter gently removes and sucks the plaque out from the small chamber at its tip. After the plaque is collected, optimal blood flow returns to the arteries. 

Arterial disease, caused by plaque buildup, can cause heart attacks, strokes, and limb loss, posing serious health risks. Treatment options depend on disease severity, blockage location, and overall health. 

At Monterey Bay Balloon angioplasty: This intervention type is performed after the vascular surgeon has inserted a small catheter into the artery during the angiogram. Once in the artery, a small balloon is inflated at the tip of the catheter. The balloon pushes the plaque against the artery wall. The pressure created by the balloon widens the narrowed arteries, allowing for optimal blood flow throughout the leg. 

Stenting: 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. 

Here are a couple of helpful resources related to vascular health:  

Schedule an Appointment  

Your journey to improved vascular health starts with a simple step – scheduling an appointment with us. Explore cutting-edge arterial treatments at Monterey Bay Vascular. Book your consultation with Dr. Hashisho now. 

Visit our website at to learn more about our services and schedule your appointment. Feel free to visit our office at 3275 Aptos Rancho Rd Suite A & B, Aptos, CA 95003 or 945 Blanco Cir ste a, Salinas, CA 93901. 

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