Angioplasty is a medical procedure used frequently to open narrowed arteries. Arterial narrowing and blockage can lead to serious complications like heart attack, stroke, and renal problems, etc. Coronary arteries are most commonly affected. These are the blood vessels that supply your heart. Angioplasty reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke considerably by increasing the blood supply to the heart and brain.
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How is Angioplasty performed practically?
Angioplasty is done by inserting a catheter with an inflatable balloon at its tip into your blood vessel and guiding it to the blocked artery with the help of X-ray imaging.
Your healthcare team will ask you about any medication you are taking. You are advised to stop some medicines. You may be prescribed to take anticoagulants before the procedure.
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You will get proper pain management to keep you relaxed. However, general anesthesia is not required.
You will be requested to lie on your back to carry out the procedure.
ECG electrodes will be placed to check out the electrical activity of your heart during the procedure.
Local anesthesia will be injected at the site of insertion. The catheter can be inserted in the groin region, arm, or wrist, but the groin region is usually preferred.
The catheter will be inserted into your blood vessel under sterile conditions and will be advanced towards the blocked artery.
Pulse rate below the site of insertion will be continuously monitored.
Once the catheter reaches the blocked artery, contrast dies will be injected through the catheter. You may feel a metallic taste, headache, or flushing sensation when the dye is injected.
Angiograms are recorded that help to locate the exact point of blockage. There may be multiple sites of blockages. Then the balloon is inflated at the site of blockage to the vessel. When the balloon is inflated, you may feel chest pain that usually goes when the balloon is deflated.
Your healthcare team will check whether the artery is opened or not with the help of angiograms.
The balloon is deflated, then the catheter is removed out.
The insertion site is closed with the help of manual pressure or sutures.
After angioplasty, you are advised to take rest for some hours, and your condition is monitored to evaluate any complications such as abnormal heartbeat, kidney issue, or stroke. Vascular Health provides you with the qualified health professionals to cope with vascular issues and their management. If you feel any abnormality, book an appointment now!
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