Angioplasty or balloon angioplasty is a procedure to open narrowed or blocked blood vessels that supply blood to the heart. These are the main blood vessels know as the coronary arteries. This procedure uses a balloon to stretch open a narrowed or blocked artery.
Advanced Angioplasty procedures involve inserting a short wire-mesh tube, called a stent, into the artery during a procedure. The stent stays in the artery permanently and holds it open. It improves blood flow to the heart.
Coronary angioplasty, also known as percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). The combination of coronary angioplasty with stenting is also known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).
Who needs Angioplasty?
The heart needs a constant supply of blood, like other organs of the body, with old age, arteries can become narrowed and hardened, which can cause coronary heart disease. This condition restricts the flow of blood to the heart, leading to chest pain known as angina, which is usually triggered by physical activity or stress.
Benefits of a Coronary Angioplasty.
Angioplasty for Heart Attack treatment saves lives. It’s an efficient way to get the blood flowing to the heart again quickly. The sooner your blood supply restored, the less damage there will be to your heart muscle. It also relieves chest pain and may prevent shortness of breath and other symptoms associated with a heart attack.
Angioplasty also lessens the chances that you could need more invasive open-heart bypass surgery, which comes with a significantly longer recovery time. Angioplasty lowers the risk of another heart attack. It also increases your chances of survival more than clot-busting medications.