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What is coronary angioplasty?

What is coronary angioplasty?

Opens arteries.: Coronary angioplasty is a technique used to open narrowed arteries without surgery. A special catheter (long, flexible tube) with a small balloon at its tip is passed into the narrowed artery. The balloon is inflated, compressing the fatty plaque against the artery's walls. The larger opening allows better blood flow to the heart muscle. A stent is usually used these days to keep the artery open. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more


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What is the success rate of coronary angioplasty?

What is the success rate of coronary angioplasty?

Very high if: The blockage is in anatomically favorable place it approached 100% & success is verified before procedure is completed. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
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Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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What kind of complications might happen from a coronary angioplasty?

What kind of complications might happen from  a coronary angioplasty?

Coronary angipplasty: There are lots of complication that can happen during angioplasty 1.Excessive bleeding from punctured site 2. Infection 3.Pseudo aneurism 4.Acute heart attack 5.Acute stroke 6.Coronary dissection 7.Cardiac tamponade and even cardiac arrest leadind to death.All these complication are very very rare. ...Read more

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Can you explain percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty?

Catheter based: A catheter is placed in an artery leg or arm a ballon expands and dilates the blood vessel to correct the narrowing. ...Read more

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How long does the percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty take?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Angioplasty (Definition)

Angioplasty is vascular modification -- a vascular repair procedure ...Read more