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Coronary Angioplasty

Coronary angioplasty is used to open clogged heart arteries. Angioplasty uses a tiny balloon catheter that is inserted in a blocked blood vessel to help widen it and improve blood flow to the heart.

Angioplasty can improve symptoms of blocked arteries, such as chest pain and shortness of breath.

How does it work?

During the procedure, a Deborah® physician will insert a long, thin tube called a catheter in an artery in the groin or wrist and thread it to the affected artery using X-ray imaging. The doctor then injects dye through the catheter to the artery to help them see any blockages or narrowing on X-ray images. A catheter with a balloon on the tip is then inserted through the first catheter and guided to the heart.

When the catheter reaches the narrowed or blocked area of the artery in the heart, doctors inflate the balloon to reopen the artery and improve blood flow. The balloon is then deflated and removed.

Am I a good candidate for treatment?

Angioplasty may be a treatment option for patients who:

  • Have tried medications or lifestyle changes that not have improved their heart health
  • Have worsening chest pain
  • Are having a heart attack

What can I expect after treatment?

Coronary angioplasty greatly increases blood flow through the previously narrowed or blocked coronary artery. Chest pain generally should decrease, and patients may be better able to exercise.