Coronary angioplasty is a procedure that doctors use to treat atherosclerosis, otherwise known as hardening of the arteries, which occurs over time as plaque begins to harden or “calcify” in the blood vessels of your heart.
A coronary angioplasty procedure is often indicated when other treatment options such as medical management (medication) and/or certain lifestyle modifications including diet, exercise and smoking cessation aren’t enough to improve the overall health of your heart.
Coronary angioplasties are also indicated and commonly performed after one suffers a heart attack or is suffering with worsening angina (chest pain).
At ACI our Coronary Angioplasties are performed on an outpatient basis at our state of the art facility.
During the procedure, you will be awake but sedated. After gaining access to the blockage via the femoral or radial artery, doctors will inject a special dye and use X-ray technology to get a better understanding of blood flow in and around the coronary artery.
Next, a balloon catheter will be inserted that will inflate and deflate several times to aid in opening up the blocked portion of the vessel. In many cases, in order to keep the artery open, a stent will be placed. The stent is a tiny wire mesh tube that acts as scaffolding for the blood vessel. The stent may be covered in medication that helps hold the artery open.
Since general anesthesia isn’t required, patients recover comfortably in the comfort of our facility, and are genrealy allowed to return home in just a few hours following their procedure.