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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty a very common procedure?

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Dr. Andrew Malinchak
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Angioplasty: Yes, it is a common procedure in the cardiology field.
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Millions done every year.
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A member asked:

How long does the percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty take?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Until done.: The time varies by the ease of vascular access, the quality of the vessels, the lenght and diameter of the lesion and until revascularization goal is accomplished. This may take a few minutes to several hours. Talk to your cardiologist.
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A member asked:

Is there any pain involved in a percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
A little: There is some discomfort in the location where the catheter is inserted (groin, arm, or wrist), but the skin is locally anesthetized to minimize this. There is discomfort when the dilating balloon is inflated, but you are sedated to minimize this and it's always <60 seconds. Otherwise, it doesn't hurt. Most people who have been through it will tell you it's really not bad.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is the percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty a risky thing to do?

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Dr. Edward Hoffer
Cardiology 53 years experience
In good hands, no: Ptca has become very routine, and is now routinely done in centers without cardiac suregry back-up as was formerly recommended. However, like any complex procedure, results are much better in the hands of experienced cardiologists working at high-volume centers.
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
I totally agree!
Mar 2, 2012
A member asked:

Does it hurt to get a percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty done?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Not usually: A ptca, the procedure where a baloon is inserted in an artery to dilate it is done with anesthesia so during the procedure itself, pain should be almost non-existent, but certainly possible. After the procedure, the majority of patients have some pain, but it is tolerable and/or treatable. Persistent pain should always be evaluated by the trearting physician.
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