Are You A Candidate For Angioplasty? What To Expect During Life-Saving Cardiac Intervention

Are You A Candidate For Angioplasty? What To Expect During Life-Saving Cardiac Intervention

Opening Up Narrowed Arteries

Angioplasty is a procedure that opens blocked arteries caused by coronary artery disease. This is a minimally invasive technique that restores blood circulation to the heart. Angioplasty involves using a long tube or catheter that guides to the blocked arteries. Once placed, the balloon at one end is inflated, which opens the blocked artery and allows more blood to flow.


Who is a candidate?

Angioplasty is reserved for certain patients with heart problems. This procedure is for candidates who have coronary artery disease (CAD) or heart attack. Chest pain due to narrowed arteries that do not resolve with medications may require angioplasty. Blocked coronary arteries that may lead to heart failure are also candidates. Other conditions treated with angioplasty are peripheral artery disease, carotid artery disease, and chronic kidney disease.

Nedinge cardiac intervention

Once anesthesia is given to the patient, a catheter tube is inserted through the skin and into the blood vessel. Once the catheter tube is at the blocked site, a dye is inserted to get a better view of the vessels. The doctor will then inflate the balloon that is at one end and one may feel discomfort during that time. Inflating and deflating the balloon will help clear the plaques out of the way and improve blood flow. After the procedure, a stent stays inside the artery to maintain the position and prevent narrowing.

Expectations after angioplasty

After the patient is transferred to the recovery room for observation pain or discomfort at the operation site is normal. The doctor may recommend some bed rest for a few hours. Drink plenty of fluids and follow the doctor’s instructions regarding resuming diet.

Going back to normal life

The recovery rate after angioplasty is usually a week. For most people, angioplasty had a good outlook and improved blood circulation. However, this procedure does not cure the cause of blocked arteries and may return. Moreover, obtaining a good healthy lifestyle is important to prevent or lessen another episode of blocked or narrow arteries.

Solving blocked arteries

Patients with heart conditions such as coronary artery disease or heart attacks are suitable candidates. Speak to a specialist to know if one is a candidate for angioplasty and ask about risks and benefits. If one is a candidate, the doctor will go through the details of the procedure. This life-saving procedure has improved the blood flow of many patients.

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