Coronary artery disease is a fairly common issue among adults and occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the heart begin to narrow and harden. This is caused by a cholesterol buildup on the walls of the arteries, and this can increase your risk of angina or a heart attack. If you’re dealing with coronary artery disease, you most likely will need to go through a procedure called angioplasty. Dr. Aamir Javaid at Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Kissimmee and Poinciana, FL, can explain what an angioplasty is and how it can help restore functionality to your arteries.
What is Angioplasty and How Can it Help You?
Angioplasty is a procedure done by your cardiologist in Kissimmee and Poinciana, FL, to help restore blood flow to blocked arteries. If you’re dealing with chest pain or a high risk of heart attack, you’ll likely need an angioplasty to help reduce your risk and restore functionality.
This procedure is done by numbing either the groin or an area in your arm. A small tube is then placed into the artery and directed through until your doctor has reached the coronary artery. Once the tube has reached the coronary artery, a thin wire with an expandable balloon is threaded through to where the blockage is.
The balloon is used to push away plaque and expand the artery. Once this is done, blood will be able to properly flow through the artery without risk of blockage. The balloon may be expanded several times before the procedure is finished and a stent may be placed in the artery to ensure that the artery stays open. Once blood flow is restored, the balloon and tube are removed.
Contact Our Cardiologist Today
Find out how your doctor can lower your risk of a heart attack. Contact Dr. Javaid at Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Kissimmee and Poinciana, FL, to learn more about angioplasty and why it’s so important. Call for more information today at (407) 572-8900.