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What is cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease is also called ‘heart and circulatory disease’. It means all diseases of the heart and circulation. This includes coronary heart disease (angina and heart attack), and stroke. Coronary heart disease Coronary heart disease begins when coronary arteries- the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart muscle- become narrowed by a gradual […]

Who needs to have a coronary angioplasty?

Many people live with stable angina. This is when the symptoms of angina don’t vary much and can be controlled by using medicines. Most people with stable angina-if they take medicines for their heart and make certain lifestyle changes-live a normal or good-quality life for may years. For other people, a cardiologist or a heart […]

What is a coronary angioplasty?

Coronary angioplasty is a technique that ‘squashes’ the atheroma (fatty tissue) in the narrowed artery, making the inside of the vessel wider and allowing the blood to flow through it more easily. Coronary angioplasty is also called balloon angioplasty, balloon dilatation, PTCA(percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty), or PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention). Coronary angioplasty as a planned […]

What happens when you have a coronary angioplasty?

Before you have the angioplasty, you will be given a local anesthetic. A catheter (a fine, flexible, hollow tube), with a small inflatable balloon at its tip, is passed into an artery in your groin or wrist. A radio-opaque dye (one that shows up on X-rays) is injected into the arteries so that the doctor […]

Drugs

Heparin-During the procedure you will be given an injection of a blood thinner-usually an anticoagulant drug. It stops the blood from forming clots. The effect of heparin last for just a short time and you will need other medication to reduce the risk of clots forming in the long term. more.

Stents

Stents are used in most angioplasties. Two types are used: Bare Metal Stents(or uncoated stents), and Drug-Eluting Stents (also called coated stents). Bare Metal Stents have been available for many years and are the most commonly used. Drug-Eluting Stents are coated with a drug which reduces the risk of the artery becoming narrow again after […]

Radiation

Having a coronary angioplasty means that you are exposed to a small amount of radiation. However, if you have been told that you need an angioplasty, the benefits of having the procedure are likely to be greater than the risk from the radiation. After the angioplasty more.