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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.

When can I go home after an angioplasty?

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.

When can I get back to normal activities?

Most people resume normal everyday activities within one to two days of returning home and can usually go back to work after a week.

Risks involved in having an angioplasty

Minor complications may include:

  • Bleeding and hematoma formation at the wound site – this should improve after a few days.
  • Allergy to the contrast dye used, causing symptoms such as a rash – you should discuss any allergies that you have with your cardiologist before having the procedure.

More serious complications are very rare, but may include:

  • Damage to the artery in the arm or groin from the catheter, possibly affecting blood supply to the limb.
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Damage to the kidneys caused by the contrast dye
  • Tissue damage caused by X-ray radiation if the procedure is prolonged
  • Serious bleeding
  • Arrhythmias
  • Cardiac tamponade
  • Death.
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