Angioplasty - also called percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) - is the method used to open a blood vessel to improve blood flow by stretching a vessel from the inside and sometimes placing a stent to help keep it open.
Angioplasty helps more blood flow through your coronary arteries. If you have this procedure, here is what to expect:
In some cases a cardiologist may use a medical laser to remove blockage. This procedure is called laser angioplasty.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648
Daniel Lips, MD, Minneapolis Heart Institute® (video); Allina Health's Patient Education Department (manual)