Angioplasty and Stent Implant
Learn more about coronary angioplasty on the Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular website.
Coronary angioplasty is a process that opens up blocked or narrowed arteries in the heart. Over time plaque can build up in arteries. An angioplasty can restore blood flow to the heart. Angioplasty can improve the symptoms of a blocked artery, including shortness of breath and chest pain.
During an angioplasty a tiny balloon is inserted into the blocked artery and then inflated to widen the artery. Often a stent is placed in the artery after the angioplasty. A stent is a small wire mesh tube that helps keep the artery open. Some stents are coated with a medication that helps keep the artery open.
Angioplasty and stent implant procedures are performed through cardiac catheterization. This process involves inserting a thin hollow tube into the artery. This tube typically goes through an artery in the groin and is guided through x-ray visualization. Our cath labs are state-of-the-art and designed to give patients a quick and effective response.