Specialist services available: Angiography, Angioplasty and Stenting.
- Carotid / stroke intervention
- Peripheral / below knee arterial interventions
Peripheral Vascular Disease
The treatment of peripheral vascular disease is a complex area that requires a great deal of experience and skill. Most aspects of vascular arterial disease can now be managed endovascularly (from inside the artery). This is particularly true for the treatment of arterial disease involving the arteries of the abdomen and legs. In many cases open by-pass surgery is not required and endovascular treatment can provide better long term results with less complications.
The Team at Coastal Heart & Vascular is very experienced in the area of peripheral artery balloon angioplasty and stenting. He is one of only a hand-full of specialists in Australia with the unique skills and qualifications to perform both cardiac and vascular interventions. Coastal Hearts and Vascular is also one of only a few centres in Australia to be able to offer a complete assessment and treatment options to improve and maintain your arterial health. Treatments can take only a few hours in hospital and patients can in most cases go home the same or next day.
Diabetics often suffer from disease and calcification (thickening and hardening of the middle layer of the artery) of the smaller arteries of the calf and foot. This is why diabetics are at higher risk of serious conditions such as gangrene and necrosis (death of tissue) in the feet and toes. In the past amputation was about the only option. However, there are now advanced techniques (similar to that used in the heart) to balloon open and stent even the small arteries of the calf and feet.
Not all Vascular Surgeons or Cardiologists are suitably qualified or experienced to treat such complex disease. The team undertook additional training in Leipzig Germany in the treatment of advanced limb salvage angioplasty. Here at Coastal Hearts and Vascular we are very experienced at assessing and treating this type of disease. The majority of patients can be spared from amputation, and maintain their quality of life. Treatments can take only a few hours in hospital and patients can in most cases go home the same or next day. Chronic ulcers heal very quickly once there is sufficient blood flow to the area. In most cases chronic ‘nerve’ pain often eases or disappears after the procedure.
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Coastal Heart & Vascular is a multidisciplinary team of specialists who provide
cardiology services and cardiac care.