Coronary artery disease can affect anyone and occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the heart begin to narrow and harden. This can be caused by a buildup of cholesterol and makes it harder for blood to reach the heart. This can increase your risk of heart attack and it’s important that when you’re dealing with coronary artery disease, you talk to your cardiologist as soon as possible to find out what treatment you may need. Dr. Aamir Javaid at Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Kissimmee, Poinciana, or Davenport, FL, can explain what an angioplasty is and how it can help with coronary artery disease.
What is an Angioplasty?
An angioplasty from your cardiologist in Kissimmee and Poinciana, FL, is a non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure used to clear plaque from the arteries. You’ll be numbed and your cardiologist will thread a tube into your body and into the artery. Once there, an x-ray is taken so that your doctor knows exactly where they need to go for this procedure.
Once the tube is successfully inserted into the artery, a balloon will be threaded through the tube and brought up to the artery. The balloon gets inflated to help push away plaque and allows blood to begin flowing through the artery. This may be done multiple times in order to increase blood flow high enough. Once this is done, the tube and balloon will be removed, and you’ll be done for the day.
You may have to stay overnight for observation, but the procedure is quick and painless. You’ll be completely comfortable and relaxed through the whole time and will be numbed so that you only feel pressure during the procedure.
Contact Your Cardiologist Today!
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, it’s important to talk to your cardiologist about whether you need an angioplasty. Contact Dr. Aamir Javaid at Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Kissimmee, Poinciana, or Davenport, FL, to learn more about an angioplasty and how it can help you. Call for more information at (407) 572-8900.