What is angioplasty?

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is a fairly simple procedure that can mean a lot to your health. Here is some information on this important surgery and how it can help you.

What does angioplasty do?

An angioplasty procedure helps to open up the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart. These arteries can become clogged with a sticky material called “plaque,” which can become quite dangerous if it builds up. If the artery is too narrow because of plaque, it can cause shortness of breath, chest pain (angina), and even heart attacks.

During an angioplasty procedure, a stent may be placed. A “stent” is a small tube that helps to keep the artery open, and it is coated with a drug that will also help to prevent the artery from closing up again.

What is the procedure for an angioplasty?

Angioplasties are performed in the hospital. You will be given some pain medication and something to help you relax, but you will stay awake. The doctor will insert a tube through an artery in the arm, wrist, or groin area, using live x-rays and dyes to help him or her see the progress of the tube. When the tube is in the right place, a tiny balloon at the end of the tube will be inflated, widening the artery to let blood flow. During this same procedure, a stent will be placed if you need one. 

What happens after the procedure?

You will stay in the hospital overnight for monitoring, but patients can usually go home the next day. You should avoid strenuous activity for at least a day afterward, but you should be able to return to work and your normal activities within about a week. Your blood flow will be increased through your heart and you will start to feel better. After the procedure, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle so that you can keep feeling good! 

If you are in need of this important procedure, Dr. Sammy A. Zakhary can help, with state-of-the-art technology paired with old-fashioned patient care. Call the Glendale, Arizona, office today at (623) 258-3255.

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