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Angioplasty and stenting

When arteries become narrowed or blocked, our interventional cardiologists use minimally invasive techniques, known as angioplasty or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), to restore blood flow fast. Angioplasty is an extremely common procedure that involves widening a blocked artery or vein with a balloon catheter and a small wire mesh, called a stent.

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How it works

Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that opens up arteries in your heart to improve blood flow. An interventional cardiologist inserts a small tube (catheter) into the artery in the wrist or top of the leg and thread it up to the heart. X-ray dye is injected into these arteries to outline where the arteries are blocked. A small wire mesh called a stent may be inserted into your arteries to keep them open. In other cases, a balloon is inflated in the narrow part of your artery to widen it and push the plaque against the wall.


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