What Is Angioplasty Procedure?

Q:

What is angioplasty procedure?
A:

Angioplasty is a procedure to widen narrowed or obstructed arteries or veins. The procedures are performed on hospital inpatients in facilities for proper monitoring and recovery.

There are various types of these procedures and their names are associated with the type of vessel entry and equipment used, including:

  • Coronary angioplasty
  • Peripheral angioplasty
  • Carotid angioplasty
  • Venous angioplasty

During the procedure there is a danger of puncturing the vessel with the guidewire. Patients must be monitored for hematoma, a localized collection of blood outside the blood vessels or hemorrhage, an escape of blood from a ruptured blood vessel at the puncture site. There is also a small risk of heart attack, emboli, and although unlikely death.

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