Vascular & Interventional Radiology Specialists in Las Vegas

Vascular Intervention

Vascular intervention aims to improve blood flow through the arteries to reduce risk of complications. At Desert Cardiovascular Consultants in Las Vegas, Nevada, experienced cardiovascular specialist Zia Khan, MD, FACC, FSCAI, provides vascular intervention services to treat cardiovascular conditions. Call today or book an appointment online to learn more about vascular intervention at Desert Cardiovascular Consultants.

Vascular Intervention Q & A

What does vascular intervention mean?

Vascular intervention refers to various procedures that treat vascular conditions, such as peripheral artery disease (PAD) and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). 


PAD occurs when you have narrowing or blockages in the peripheral arteries because of plaque buildup along the blood vessel walls (atherosclerosis). The peripheral arteries carry oxygen-rich blood to your arms and legs. 


CVI affects the veins in the legs. These veins are too weak to adequately pump blood back to the heart and lungs, allowing the blood to pool and collect in the ankles. The blood seeps out from the veins, causing swelling and skin discoloration. 

I have poor circulation in my legs. Can vascular intervention help?

Vascular intervention includes procedures that aim to improve circulation in the blood vessels, including those in the legs. 

At Desert Cardiovascular Consultants, Dr. Khan performs vascular intervention procedures for critical limb ischemia, a condition in which you have very poor circulation to the extremities and are at risk of amputation. Vascular intervention aims to save the limb.

What are examples of vascular intervention procedures?

Desert Cardiovascular Consultants is a state-of-the-art cardiology practice that performs vascular intervention procedures at its vascular catheterization lab (cath lab). Some of the procedures they perform include:


Atherectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that removes plaque from the walls of the arteries to improve circulation. Dr. Khan performs this procedure by inserting a catheter into an artery and advancing to the blocked or narrowed area.

Dr. Khan uses intravascular ultrasound to see the inside of the artery when performing the procedure.

Balloon angioplasty and stenting

For balloon angioplasty and stenting, Dr. Khan inserts a catheter into a blood vessel, advances it to the narrow or blocked area, and inflates a balloon to reopen the blood vessel. He then places a stent (metal mesh) to keep the blood vessel open.

Deep venous angiography and stenting

Dr. Khan performs deep venous angiography and stenting in patients with blocked veins. Blockages usually occur after a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in the vein.

After removing a blood clot, Dr. Khan places a stent to keep the vein open. 

Desert Cardiovascular Consultants is a full-service, all-inclusive practice that provides all the tools necessary to manage your heart health. Call today or schedule an appointment online.