As the result of a blocked artery, your heart may not be receiving enough blood. However, this situation can often be effectively addressed with an endovascular procedure. Thanks to an angioplasty, which is also known as balloon angioplasty, narrowed or obstructed arteries or veins can be cleared. At the office of The DOCS, we provide skilled and experienced care to evaluate your symptoms, making a precise diagnosis and provide the essential treatment required to help you feel well again.
Like all organs in the body, the heart requires a constant supply of blood. By receiving blood from the coronary arteries, the heart can perform its essential functions. However, over the years, these arteries may become narrowed and hardened. This narrowing contributes to the development of coronary heart disease. While this is a serious condition, in many situations blood flow through the coronary arteries will improve after an angioplasty. In fact, many people find their symptoms get significantly better and they're able to do more than they could before the procedure. During an angioplasty, a thin flexible tube called a catheter is inserted into one of your arteries through an incision in your groin, wrist or arm. Once the catheter is in place, a thin wire is guided down the length of the affected coronary artery, delivering a small balloon to the affected section of artery. This is then inflated to widen the artery, squashing fatty deposits against the artery wall so blood can flow through it more freely when the deflated balloon is removed. If a stent is being used, this will be around the balloon before it's inserted. The stent will expand when the balloon is inflated and remains in place when the balloon is deflated and removed. A coronary angioplasty usually takes between 30 minutes and 2 hours and you'll normally be able to go home later the same day or the day after you have the procedure.
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By The DOCS - Cardiovascular
July 15, 2019
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