The following procedures are performed using cardiac catheterization.
Angioplasty is the method used to repair a narrowed or blocked artery.
Percutaneous means that the procedure is done through the skin. Transluminal means that it is done inside the artery. Coronary means that it is an artery of the heart.
This treatment helps more blood flow through your coronary arteries.
Angioplasty is also known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA).
Laser angioplasty opens narrowed heart arteries by using a laser catheter to transmit ultraviolet light to remove and vaporize the blockage.
A special catheter (tube) can be used to break up blood clots and vacuum (suction) to remove the clots from the artery of the heart or other blood vessels in the body.
A coronary stent helps more blood flow through your arteries. A stent is a small stainless steel mesh tube that is put on a balloon catheter.
The catheter is guided into place and the balloon is inflated.
The stent expands and stays inside the artery to support the walls and keep the artery open.
After about 4 weeks, your artery builds a coating of cells around the stent and it will feel like a normal artery wall to your body.
The stent will not set off airport alarms, but it is still important to carry the special card you were given that identifies your medical condition.
This stent has a medicine that is slowly released to help prevent scar tissue from building up and narrowing the artery.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648
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