The Heart and Vascular Clinic Nashville, TN

What Is A Coronary Angioplasty?

A Coronary Angioplasty is a procedure that uses a catheter and balloon to open up blocked arteries and support better blood flow.

When Might I Need A Coronary Angioplasty?

Your doctor may recommend a Coronary Angioplasty if you have blocked arteries that are potentially life-threatening and painful. They offer a surgery-free solution to blockages, and can help prevent heart attacks and even death.

What Should I Expect?

During the procedure, you will be given something to help you relax, but you will not be put under during the procedure. You will also be given a local anesthetic, typically in your thigh or arm, where a catheter (attached to a small balloon) will be inserted. This catheter will make its way to your blocked artery (as guided by the doctor), where it will be inflated to open up the artery, push plaque to the walls of the artery, and allow better blood flow. In most cases, a stent (a mesh tube) is also inserted, in order to keep the artery opened after the balloon and catheter are removed.

How Should I Prepare For The Procedure?

It is important to talk to your doctor about any and all medications, medical conditions and allergies before the procedure. You may be asked to fast and refrain from taking certain medications on the day of the procedure.

You may also be required to stay overnight after your procedure, in which case you may want to have a small bag packed with personal items (i.e. toothbrush, book, face wash) for your stay.

If you have any questions about a Coronary Angioplasty, be sure to ask your doctor during your next visit.

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