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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Angioplasty (Overview)

Angioplasty is vascular modification -- a vascular repair procedure commonly to treat blockages.


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Sex after angioplasty?

Sex after angioplasty?

Possible: This should be discussed with the doctor who performed the procedure since they have information about your overall health. Generally, should be fine. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Angioplasty (Overview)

Angioplasty is vascular modification -- a vascular repair procedure commonly to treat blockages.


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What exactly is an angioplasty?

What exactly is an angioplasty?

Hydraulic Expansion: Angio=blood (blood vessel in this case); plasty=physical change /remolding of tissue. In angioplasty, a flexible guidewire, typically 0.014" diameter, is threaded through an area to be expanded. Over this guidewire, a balloon catheter (engineered plastic tube device) +/-stent is slid into the area & expanded using pressures 60-250 times usual blood pressure, deflated & then balloon & wire removed. ...Read more

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How long does the angioplasty take?

How long does the angioplasty take?

Variable: But on average, about an hour. It depends on how many vessels are involved and how technically easy or difficult it is to approach them. In the setting of an on-going heart attack, that time is often shaved considerably since time is of the essence. ...Read more

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How serious is an angioplasty procedure?

Minimal: Minimally invasive but everything has potential risks ask your doctor to discuss prior to the procedure. ...Read more

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What is the success rate of angioplasty?

What is the success rate of angioplasty?

Long Term the Issue!: Short term technical success rates have become >95% in experienced hands with carefully selected pts. & lesions. However, PTCA only hydraulically stretches the vessel, does nothing about underlying disease (indeed complicates it). Thus bigger issue is long term outcomes. Ptca only about symptoms; more important to focus on & aggressive change what drives the ds: lipoproteins (not chol), hba1c, bp, . ...Read more

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What is the procedure for an angioplasty?

What is the procedure for an angioplasty?

Balloon in artery: You are probably referring to balloon angioplasty, which refers to inflating a specialized balloon in an artery to open up a blockage. This is usually done "percutaneously"; this means using a small tube which is inserted through a puncture site in the skin. Angioplasty can also be done with an open surgical procedure. In this case, a small "patch" is sewn to the artery to widen it. ...Read more

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What is the success rate for angioplasty?

What is the success rate for angioplasty?

2 gen'l to answer: depends upon location, extent of disease, risk factors, patients overall health, whether stents or other additional measures are needed. In general, though, it is 1st line treatment when anatomy of problem is favorable. ...Read more

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In general, how long will angioplasty last?

In general, how long will angioplasty last?

Varies: Angioplasty's can be performed on any artery in the body. Certain areas are easier to access and treat than others. Certain blockages or problems are also more easily treated than others. Some of the shortest angioplasty cases may last only minutes while others may last several hours. ...Read more

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How could an angioplasty s function be tested?

Stress test: A stress test is indicated if recurrent symptoms . Repeat cathetrisation if stress test is abnormal. ...Read more

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How often will angioplasty need to be repeated?

Angioplasty: I feel that you should discuss this with the physician who ordered the angioplasty. ...Read more

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