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What is ANGIOPLASTY?


Angioplasty is an effective and common procedure used to widen blocked or narrowed coronary arteries to increase the blood flow to the heart. Most of the modern angioplasty methods involve inserting a short wire-mesh tube called a stent.


20-30% of heart failures occur at the site of an artery that’s more blocked more than 70% . It is generally not recommended for blockages below 70%. [2]



When is ANGIOPLASTY recommended?


The doctor might suggest angioplasty as a treatment option when medications or lifestyle changes are not enough to improve the heart health, or if you have a heart attack, worsening chest pain (angina) or other symptoms. A medical emergency of a Heart attack can be treated by placing a stent. Doctors often perform this procedure immediately after a heart attack.


Preparing for ANGIOPLASTY


Follow the medications before angioplasty as doctor instructed.
Bring all your previous medications along with prescriptions to the hospital.
You might require to stop, start, or adjust some medicines before the procedure.
Avoid solid food after midnight the night before the procedure.
Take Plenty of clear fluids only up to 3 hours before the procedure.
Have a look on good transportation to the hospital.
Do not bring cash, valuables or a lot of personal items and clothing.
Wear loose-fitting clothes and flat shoes.
Should know about the possible side effects or complications are.


Understanding ANGIOPLASTY results


The results of procedure include whether there is a normal supply of blood to your heart and any blockages. Blood tests will be done to assess your condition. You may also have an electrocardiogram (ECG). Abnormal results may mean that you have one or more blocked arteries.

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