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Vascular Interventional Associates

at Buffalo Vascular Care

(716) 852-1977

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Vascular Interventional Associates

at Buffalo Vascular Care

(716) 852-1977

Vascular Interventional Associates

(716) 852-1977

Terminology

We have included a glossary of terms to help you better understand interventional radiology, the conditions we treat and the procedures we use.

ablation

  • See: radiofrequency ablation
abnormality
  1. The state or quality of being abnormal .
  2. An anomaly, deformity, malformation, impairment, or dysfunction
anesthesia
  • Drugs used to induce loss of sensation for the patient in preparation for operative procedures.
Aneurysm (an-yur-izm)
  • A ballooning out of a segment of artery caused by disease or weakness in the vessel wall. It may lead to rupture and serious or fatal bleeding.
anaemia
  • Too few red blood cells in the bloodstream, resulting in insufficient oxygen to tissues and organs
angiographic (an-jE-O-graf-ik)
  • Relating to or utilizing angiography.
angiography(an-jE-og-ra-fE)
  • Radiography of vessels after the injection of a radiopaque contrast material. Unlike angioplasty, which is an invasive procedure, angiography breaks the skin only for the insertion of a needle for administering a radiopaque catheter and positioning under fluoroscopic control. This technique is used to image arteries in the brain, heart, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, aorta, neck, chest, limbs and pulmonary circuit.
angioplasty (an-jE-O-plas-tE)
  • Reconstitution or reopening of a blood vessel; may involve balloon dilation, mechanical stripping of the inside of the blood vessel, forceful injection of a elastic filamentous protein, or placement of a stent .
anomaly
  • A marked deviation from the normal standard, especially as a result of congenital defects .
aorta (A-Or-ta)
  • The large artery leaving the heart that distributes blood to the entire body through branches.
arteriovenous fistula< surgery >
  • The surgical joining of an artery and a vein under the skin for the purpose of haemodialysis . Larger arteriovenous shunts can place strain on the heart since arterial blood is diverted back to the venous circulation before it has a chance to deliver nutrients and oxygen to the body tissues
arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
  • An abnormal communication between an artery and vein that may be present at birth or may result from injury or infection. Blood may flow directly from the artery to the vein, bypassing the small vessels where oxygen and tissue nutrients are exchanged. These unusual malformations are often found in the brain and spinal cord, but may occur anywhere in the body.
  • A tangle of dilated blood vessels that disrupts normal blood flow in the brain.
artery
  • Vessels that carry blood away from the heart.
atherosclerosis (ath-er-O-skler-O-sis)
  • Arteriosclerosis characterized by irregularly distributed lipid deposits, or plaque, in large and medium-sized arteries; such deposits provoke fibrosis and calcification (hardening of the tissues).

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