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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (ptca)?

Heart vessel therapy: Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) is the opening of blocked heart arteries with a balloon. An artery is stuck and a wire is passed in the system until reaching the heart arteries. A balloon is passed over the wire to the area of blockage and inflated. The blockage is flattened but it can return. So most patients actually get stents placed. Stents require blood thinners. ...Read more

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Under what circumstances would the doctor not perform coronary angioplasty?

If anatomy: Is unfavorable (location or vessel size too small) or too many vessels blocked & CABG would be better option or no hemodynamically significant blockages. ...Read more

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44 yr m.On 15th may gone through coronary angioplasty with inserrtion of one stent. What precautions should I tk. Can i lead normal life nw?

44 yr m.On 15th may gone through coronary angioplasty with inserrtion of one stent. What precautions should I tk. Can i lead normal life nw?

Different life: Do you have an acute coronary episode (heart attack)? Or the coronary artery disease discovered by stress test due to angina? Anyway you should go through a program call cardiac rehabilitation. Your life have to change. Weight reduction, exercise program, diet, LDL less than 100 possibly even less than 70mg/dl, top smoking, diabetes control, BP less than 130/80 etc. Close follow with cardiology. ...Read more

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Recent Coronary Angioplasty to relieve 90%/60% blockages of main arteries. Recent recurrence of AF, now stable NHB. Q: Is second ablation warranted?

Recent Coronary Angioplasty to relieve 90%/60% blockages of main arteries. Recent recurrence of AF, now stable NHB. Q: Is second ablation warranted?

There are many: ablative therapies for AF but without knowing your medical history and the nature of your previous treatment it is impossible to advise regarding your question. The Coronary artery disease treatment is most likely unrelated to your AF recurrence. This is a question for your health care providers as they have all the information about your previous care. ...Read more

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Can i fast, 1 yr post coronary angioplasty on drugs - clopido-m & e, aspirin - noon, prolomet- morn, atorvastatin - e, what will be changes in dosage?

Can i fast, 1 yr post coronary angioplasty on drugs - clopido-m & e, aspirin - noon, prolomet- morn, atorvastatin - e, what will be changes in dosage?

Careful: Fasting itself is not likely to be a problem. However, Aspirin and clopidogrel can both cause problems with bleeding and irritation of the stomach. Talk to your cardiologist. ...Read more

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I had my coronary angioplasty one year back. I am on clopidogrel 70mg bd, atrovastation 40 mg od, metroprolol 25 od and aspirin 150mg od. Should i reduce my medication?

I had my coronary angioplasty one year back. I am on clopidogrel 70mg bd, atrovastation 40 mg od, metroprolol 25 od and aspirin 150mg od. Should i reduce my medication?

Reduce medication?: Your interist or cardiologist are the best qualified professionals to accurately answer that question for you. They will be most intimately in touch with your past and current medical condition. ...Read more

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During coronary angioplasty how are catheters inserted into the femoral artery to the heart?

During coronary angioplasty how are catheters inserted into the femoral artery to the heart?

Depends: Depending on the arterial access , a single IV like catheter is placed called an arterial sheath. All catheters are fed thru the sheath using a j-shaped guide wire. Most sheaths are placed in the femoral artery others in the radial arteries. All arteries lead back to the heart in a retrograde fashion and the catheter is manipulated into the artery of intrest for repair with angioplaty and stent. ...Read more

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Is angioplasty coronary or congenital?

Is angioplasty coronary or congenital?

Coronary: What you describe is called coronary stent angioplasty. This is almost always done for coronary artery disease from atherosclerosis. Very rarely is this congenital, but early atherosclerosis can be related to family or genetics. ...Read more

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What drugs are used in coronary angiography or angioplasty?

What drugs are used in coronary angiography or angioplasty?

Variable: Clinical circumstances may dictate the choice of drugs to optimize the chance of a successful intervention, but the period after the procedure is critical to control risk of clotting and recurrent disease. Aspirin, clopidogrel or prasugrel, beta-blocker, and statin are the drug classes most often used. ...Read more

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Angioplasty (Definition)

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