Coronary Angioplasty & Stent Procedures
Coronary angioplasty is among the most popular treatments to help increase blood flow through blocked arteries. When arteries are blocked, they are unable to properly distribute oxygen and nutrients through the blood to the body. These blockages are made up of fatty deposits that gradually build up and cause the blood flow to continuously decrease over time.
Angioplasty treats this blockage by moving the plaque to the sides of the artery and improving blood flow. The procedure starts by inserting a catheter with a small balloon attached at the end. At the site of the blockage the balloon is inflated which pushes the plaque to the walls of the artery, opening up the vessel. Next, the balloon deflates and a stent is inserted to help the artery remain open. A stent is a mesh tube that retains its width after the balloon is deflated, preventing the plaque from restricting blood flow.
A stent will restore blood flow, but is not the best treatment option for everyone. Advanced diagnosis and treatment analysis may conclude that bypass surgery is the best option for your long-term heart health. Your physician will discuss the ideal treatment option for you.