Angioplasty is a term that refers to the mechanical widening of a narrowed or totally obstructed blood vessel. These narrowed blood vessels are often caused by atherosclerosis.
The angioplasty surgery includes all vascular interventions typically performed in a minimally invasive method.
There are several types of angioplasty. The most common angioplasty for dealing with the heart is coronary angioplasty.
Coronary angioplasty is a procedure to treat narrowed coronary arteries of the heart found in coronary heart disease. These narrowed pieces are due to the build up of cholesterol that forms. This procedure is usually performed by a cardiologist.
You may be a good candidate for an angioplasty if:
The blockage is small
The blockage can be reached by angioplasty
The artery isn’t the main vessel supplying blood to the left side of your heart
You don’t have heart failure
For most people, coronary angioplasty greatly increases blood flow through the previously blocked artery. Your chest pain should subside, and you may have a better ability to exercise.
Lifestyle modifications will help you maintain your good results, including:
Lower cholesterol levels
Maintain a healthy weight
Control other conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure
Get regular exercise