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Coronary Angioplasty

Coronary Angioplasty

What is Coronary Angioplasty?

Coronary Angioplasty, also known as Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), is a procedure used to open clogged heart arteries. It involves inserting a thin tube called a catheter into a blocked or narrowed artery and inflating a small balloon to widen the artery. In many cases, a stent (a small wire mesh tube) is placed in the artery to help keep it open and reduce the risk of it narrowing again. This procedure is commonly used to improve blood flow to the heart, relieve chest pain (angina), and treat heart attacks.

During the procedure, the patient is usually awake but sedated. A local anesthetic is applied to the insertion site, typically in the groin or wrist, where the catheter is inserted. The catheter is then guided through the blood vessels to the coronary arteries under X-ray guidance. Once in place, the balloon is inflated to compress the plaque against the artery wall, widening the artery and restoring blood flow.

Coronary Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure with a relatively quick recovery time. Most patients can return to their normal activities within a week. However, lifestyle changes and medications may be necessary to prevent further artery narrowing.

One of the main advantages of Coronary Angioplasty is that it can be performed quickly, making it an ideal treatment for acute heart attacks. The procedure can significantly reduce the risk of heart muscle damage and improve long-term survival rates. It is also an effective alternative to coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) for many patients with coronary artery disease.

Overall, Coronary Angioplasty is a critical tool in the management of coronary artery disease, providing immediate relief from symptoms and reducing the risk of heart attacks. If your doctor has recommended Coronary Angioplasty, it is important to follow their instructions and make necessary lifestyle changes to maintain heart health. This procedure plays a vital role in ensuring effective treatment and long-term cardiovascular well-being.