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.
An angioplasty 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.
Hardening of the arteries, also called atherosclerosis, is a common disorder. It occurs when fat, cholesterol, and other substances build up in the walls of arteries and form hard structures called plaques. An atherectomy removes plaque from the artery of the heart.
During an enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) air pressure cuffs are placed on your calves, thighs and buttocks. The pumping (inflation and deflation) is timed with your heartbeat to increase blood flow to your heart and ease your heart's workload.
An intra-aortic balloon insertion lets more blood into your heart, and allows more blood to be pumped out to the rest of your body.
A patent foramen ovale (PFO) or atrial septal defect (ASD) closure closes a defect or hole between the upper chamber (atria) of the heart with an implant.
A stent insertion helps more blood flow through your arteries.
A valvuloplasty uses a catheter to open a valve that is narrowed.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department
Daniel Lips, MD, Minneapolis Heart Institute® (video); Allina Health's Patient Education Department (written content)