Angioplasty is a procedure that widens the coronary artery to improve blood flow to the heart. It is done using a thin,
soft tube called a catheter, which is inserted in your artery.
Angioplasty is not surgery. It doesn't use
large cuts (incisions) or require anesthesia to make you sleep.
Most of the time, stents are placed during
angioplasty. The stent keeps the artery open . When stents are used, there is a
smaller chance that the artery will become narrow again.
Atherectomy might be done during angioplasty. Atherectomy is done to shave away and maybe remove plaque in a narrowed artery. It is only done in certain cases.
If you decide to have angioplasty, you'll still need
to make changes in the way you eat and how much you exercise. These changes,
along with not smoking, will give you the best chance of living a longer,
healthier life. A cardiac rehabilitation program can help you make these healthy changes.
Heart Disease: Should I Have Angioplasty for Stable Angina?