What is an Angioplasty?

If your arteries have been narrowed or blocked due to coronary artery disease, then Metro Vascular Centers can help you. They recommend that you get a procedure known as an angioplasty. The purpose of this procedure is to help restore blood flow.

The physician will insert a thin tube inside of a blood vessel of the groin or arm. The tube has a balloon at the end of it. The doctor will inflate the balloon, which will widen the artery. In some cases, a stent is placed. The stent is used to keep the artery open.

What are Some of the Risks of an Angioplasty?

An angioplasty is less invasive than getting a bypass surgery. However, it does have risks. Some of the risks include the following, provided by Metro Vascular Centers:

  • Re-narrowing of the artery-This is more likely to happen if you do not get a stent placed.
  • Blood clots-Taking aspirin or another blood thinner can reduce the risk of a blood clot.
  • Bleeding- Any bleeding that occurs will probably be minor. However, serious bleeding is a possible risk.
  • Heart attack-It is rare for someone to have a heart attack during the procedure, but this does happen.
  • Stroke- A stroke can occur if one of the plaque pieces break off.
  • Abnormal heart rhythm-Your heart may be too slow or too fat during the procedure.

Preparing for the Procedure

You will need to meet with your physician before you get this procedure. Your doctor will review your medical history. You will also need to have a coronary angiogram. This will determine which arteries are narrowed or blocked.

Your physician will give you the instructions that you need to follow. You will likely be advised to stop eating six to eight hours prior to your procedure. You may also be advised to stop taking certain medications. Additionally, you will need to arrange for someone to take you home.

Results

Blood flow will be improved after you get an angioplasty. Your chest pain will likely decrease. However, you will have to live a healthy lifestyle to maintain the results of your procedure. You will need to eat healthy, exercise and control your weight.