Angioplasty is performed on patients with coronary artery disease. When the arteries of the heart are narrowed or blocked by plaque,(a sticky material), it could eventually lead to a heart attack as there is no proper blood flow.
In Angioplasty, a small coronary artery stent is placed inside the artery so it doesn’t close up, harden and restrict blood flow. This could cause blood clots leading to severe blockage. The artery stent itself is drug-eluting, so it can be used in the long term. The stent is a small, metal mesh that balloons up once inside the artery.
It is a life-saving procedure and these are the following benefits:
When a person complains of chest pains, exhibits breathlessness and other symptoms, the doctor, after check-up, might advise angioplasty. After the procedure, the symptoms will reduce markedly, and the patient can go home and return to normal life after a period of 5-7 days.
The procedure is done in the Cath Lab ( cardiac catheterization) laboratory. The doctor widens the artery by inflating the balloon and along with the mesh-like stent is placed. Once the blood flows smoothly, the doctor will remove the balloon and the wire. To reach the artery, the doctor will do a minimally invasive procedure by making an incision through your arm or groin.
While angioplasty is a good solution for reducing the symptoms of a heart attack, it cannot revere the hardening of the arteries. The patient can, however, make sure he remains healthy and energetic by indulging in a heart-healthy diet, exercise regularly, and quit smoking & alcohol consumption.
At Naseem Al Rabeeh Medical Centre, the procedure is performed by skilled and experienced cardiologists and radiologists in Doha, Qatar, so the patient gets timely treatment and care. Visit our hospital to know about our procedures.
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