This is an invasive procedure done in a hospital setting. It relieves narrowing and obstruction of the arteries to the muscle of the heart (coronary arteries). This procedure is also know as PTCA which stands for percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty or PCI for percutaneous coronary intervention.

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How does it work?

During this procedure, a small catheter is inserted into an artery in the arm, or groin and then advanced to the narrowing artery. Contrast (dye) is injected into the artery for x-ray images. The balloon is inflated for about one minute to enlarge the artery. This allows the plaques to compress and enlarge the opening of the coronary artery. The balloon is then deflated and removed from the body.

What to Expect

1. Before the angioplasty, you will first undergo a Cardiac Catheterization. This will allow your doctor to determine if an angioplasty is the best treatment for you.

2. The angioplasty procedure usually takes from thirty minutes to two hours.

3. Most patients are monitored overnight in the hospital before leaving.

4. For one or two weeks after the procedure you are advised not to lift anything heavier than 20 pounds or perform vigorous exertion.

5. Your doctor will follow up with you a week after the angioplasty to determine if you are ready to resume your normal activities.

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