What is Angioplasty?
Angioplasty is a treatment that uses balloon to improve blood flow to the heart by opening a narrowed or blocked coronary artery. It is usually followed by stent placement
How does Angioplasty work?
It may help control your symptoms, to lower your chance of further heart problems, you will need to make and maintain changes to your lifestyle and regularly and take medicines. It is life saving in patients with heart attack and is the treatment of choice.
What is a stent?
A stent is a metal mesh tube that can be inserted into a narrowed artery. It acts as an internal support framework to keep the artery open, by continuing to press plaque back against the artery wall. This allows blood to flow freely through the artery.
Often a stent is coated with medication which is slowly released into the surrounding area, helping to lower the chance of the artery blocking again.
You may need to stay in hospital for 1-2 days following the procedure. You may be asked to drink fluids to prevent dehydration and flush the dye from your kidneys.
Most people resume normal everyday activities within one to two days of returning home and can usually go back to work after a week.
Minor complications may include:
More serious complications are very rare, but may include: