Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty & Stenting
Cardiac angiogram is the basis of coronary angioplasty. If any arteries abnormality is found by angiogram e.g. narrowing of coronary arteries, doctors can perform stenting to widen the artery. Coronary angioplasty is less invasive than surgical treatment which can allow speedy recovery and shorter hospital stay.
How to perform Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty & Stenting?
When a stenosis of coronary artery is found, your doctor will proceed to angioplasty
- A soft guide wire will be introduced and passed to the narrowed part of the vessel, followed by the thin balloon catheter to open up the blockage. During the balloon inflation, you may feel chest pain or discomfort, please inform your doctor or nursing staff.
- A soft metal device called “stent” may be implanted to optimize the treatment result and reduce chance of re-stenosis.