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A coronary angioplasty is a non-invasive surgical procedure to increase blood flow to your heart by widening narrowed or blocked arteries. An alternative to a heart bypass surgery, it involves threading a balloon-mounted catheter through your veins to the narrowed or blocked artery. The balloon is then inflated to widen the artery.
It is usually accompanied by a stent implantation procedure, which keeps your artery open. A stent, which a tube-like metal scaffold, is wrapped around the balloon. When the balloon inflates, the stent also expands. This adheres it to the artery walls, propping it open. Over time, tissue grows around the stent, holding it in place.
Some stents are coated with medication to prevent the growth of scar tissue in the artery, which promotes good blood flow.
Some people may not be suitable for an angioplasty. Your cardiologist may recommend you to undergo a heart bypass surgery instead. Make an enquiry with us to understand more about the various procedures to treat a diseased artery.