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Vascular Disease Specialist

William R. Martin, MD -  - Diagnostic Imaging

Upper Valley Interventional Radiology

William R. Martin, MD

Diagnostic Imaging & Diagnostic Radiologist located in McAllen, TX

You can have vascular disease for years before experiencing symptoms like leg pain. Often, the first symptom is a serious event like a stroke or heart attack. William R. Martin, MD, and the team at Upper Valley Interventional Radiology have extensive experience providing several types of imaging to diagnose the problem and performing minimally invasive interventional procedures to treat vascular disease. If you have questions or if you'd like to schedule an appointment, call the office in McAllen, Texas, or use the online booking feature.

Vascular Disease Q & A

What types of vascular disease might I develop?

Vascular disease encompasses any health condition that affects your arteries and veins, including:

  • An aneurysm
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Varicose veins
  • Vasculitis
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Blood clots (deep vein thrombosis)

Peripheral artery disease, coronary artery disease, and carotid artery disease are caused by atherosclerosis. You develop atherosclerosis when cholesterol and other fats become attached to the artery wall and build up to form plaque. As plaque enlarges and hardens, your arteries become narrower and blood flow is restricted.

How do you diagnose vascular disease?

The team at Upper Valley Interventional Radiology performs several imaging procedures to diagnose vascular disease, including:

Vascular ultrasound

Vascular ultrasound uses sound waves to produce an image of your circulatory system. This type of ultrasound can show blood clots, provide detailed information about the type and amount of plaque, and reveal if you’re at risk for a heart attack.

Doppler ultrasound

Doppler ultrasound detects moving blood cells. A Doppler ultrasound measures the direction and speed of blood as it moves through your blood vessels.

CT angiography and MRI angiography

After your provider at Upper Valley Interventional Radiology administers contrast material to highlight your blood vessels, you have a CT scan or MRI to obtain diagnostic images.

Catheter angiography

During a catheter angiography, Dr. Martin uses X-ray imaging to guide the procedure, as he threads a catheter into your blood vessels and injects a contrast material that highlights the vessels and reveals abnormalities.

How do radiologists treat vascular disease?

As an interventional radiologist, Dr. Martin performs minimally invasive procedures that effectively treat vascular disease. During each procedure, he uses X-ray fluoroscopy or another imaging technique to visualize the vessels and guide the procedure.

These are a few examples of interventional radiology treatments for vascular disease:

Angioplasty and stenting

During this procedure, Dr. Martin uses a balloon-tipped catheter to push open a blocked blood vessel, then he may insert a mesh stent to hold the vein open.

Catheter embolization

Catheter embolization is done to stop bleeding in a blood vessel. Dr. Martin threads a catheter to the site of bleeding, then injects a medication that stops blood flow.

Catheter-directed thrombolysis

After threading a catheter to the site of a blood clot, Dr. Martin injects medication that dissolves the clot.

If you need diagnosis or treatment for vascular disease, call Upper Valley Interventional Radiology or schedule an appointment online.

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