Angioplasty

  • Angioplasty is a procedure to restore blood flow through the artery. Angioplasty is referred to as a cardiac procedure which involves widening the narrowed section of a coronary artery. Usually performed by an interventional cardiologist, The doctor threads a thin tube through a blood vessel in the arm or groin up to the involved site in the artery. The tube has a tiny balloon on the end. Angioplasty is a conventional treatment for coronary heart disease (CHD) and heart attacks (acute coronary syndrome).

About Angioplasty

Angioplasty is referred to as a cardiac procedure which involves widening the narrowed section of a coronary artery. Usually performed by an interventional cardiologist, this procedure is performed in a cardiac catheterization lab, short for a cath lab. An interventional cardiologist takes extra care to review the risks, in addition to obtaining your consent prior to preparing you for the procedure. The doctor also refers to your medical history in order to determine the amount of anesthesia that should be used.

Types of Angiplasty:

There are two main types of angioplasty: 1. Balloon angioplasty: which involves using the pressure of an inflating balloon to clear plaque that is blocking an artery. 2. Stent placement in the artery: which involves a tube, or stent, made out of wire mesh. Stents help to prevent an artery narrowing again after angioplasty.

What to expect before an Angioplasty?

  • Most people are made to undergo few blood tests and electrocardiogram (ECG) before having an angioplasty.
  • The patients are advised to stay empty stomach for around 6-12 hours before the procedure.

What happens post-procedure?

  • After the procedure, you will be instructed to lie flat for 5-6 hours without bending the leg (if the procedure has been done through groin), so as to prevent bleeding.
  • The nurse will instruct you as to when you can get up from your bed.
  • In case the procedure has been done through wrist, a compression bandage is applied for a few hours around the wrist to prevent any bleeding.
  • Oral medicines including blood thinning drugs and statins which are started preoperatively, are continued after the procedure as well.

How Serious is an Angioplasty?

All types of surgery, coronary angioplasty carries a risk of complications. However, the risk of serious problems is small. Complications can occur during or after an angioplasty. It's common to have bleeding or bruising under the skin where the catheter was inserted.

On the whole, angioplasty is a safe procedure without complications.

Summery:

Angioplasty is a standard, minimally invasive procedure that doctors use to unblock clogged arteries and improve blood flow in the heart. Doctors frequently recommend angioplasty to treat acute heart problems. It is generally a safe procedure, although arteries can become blocked again, and there is a small risk of significant complications in some cases.

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Treatment Cost for Angioplasty

Treatment Cost for Coronary Angioplasty
Stay in Hospital :2 Stay in India : 7 Cost : $3600
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