Evaluation, Treatment, and Care of the Laser Angioplasty Patient: A Nursing Perspective

  • Sharon Jablonski
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 103)


Atherosclerotic plaque is a leading cause of morbidity in the peripheral vasculature. The development of plaque is a result of degenerative changes in the intima of the blood vessel. In the lower extremities, this manifests as claudication, rest pain, or, in the most severe cases, as gangrene. Arterial bypass surgery, balloon angioplasty, and thrombolytic therapy have provided considerable improvements in the management of patients with arterial occlusive disease [1]. However, there are certain disadvantages and limitations to each of these treatment modalities. Laser angioplasty provides an alternative approach to therapy.


Peripheral Vascular Disease Balloon Angioplasty Superficial Femoral Artery Rest Pain Posterior Tibial Artery 
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