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Everything you need to know about Angioplasty

30th Sep 2019
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  • Angioplasty
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Coronary Angioplasty

An estimated 17 million people die every year of CVDs (Cardiovascular Diseases), particularly heart attacks and strokes

An estimated 17 million people die every year of CVDs (Cardiovascular Diseases), particularly heart attacks and strokes(Source: WHO). 

In an ever increasing stressful life, we often forget the most important asset of our life: our heart. The small fist sized that fits in our chest, pumping throughout the day to keep us performing throughout the day. With fast moving life and neglected care towards the health has increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Today, let us understand how does a heart attack happen, cured and life after it.

A heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is disturbed through blood pressure or blockage. The blockage is most often a buildup of fat, cholesterol, and other substances, which form a plaque in the arteries that feed the heart (coronary arteries). The plaque eventually breaks away and forms a clot. The interrupted blood flow can damage or destroy part of the heart muscle.




•    Pressure, tightness, or a pressing or hurting sensation in your chest or arms that may spread to your neck, jaw or back
•    Nausea, indigestion or stomach pain
•    Shortness of breath
•    Cold sweat
•    Fatigue
•    Lightheadedness or unexpected dizziness




What Is Coronary Angioplasty? 

Your heart’s arteries become blocked or narrowed from a buildup of cholesterol, cells or alternative substances (plaque). This may reduce blood flow to your heart and cause chest discomfort. Typically a blood clot will suddenly type or worsen and completely block blood flow, resulting in a heart attack. angioplasty opens blocked arteries and restores traditional blood flow to your heart muscle. it’s not a surgical operation. it’s done by threading a tube (thin tube) through a small puncture during a leg or arm artery to the heart. The blocked artery is opened by inflating a balloon in it.

How it can be done?

Balloon: A SLTL PTCA Balloon catheter with a small balloon tip is guided to the narrowing in your supply route. Once set up, the balloon is expanded to push the plaque and stretch the artery open to lifting bloodstream to the heart.

Stent: This is a tiny low tube that acts as a scaffold to support the within of your arterial blood vessels. A balloon tube, placed over a guidewire, puts the tube into your narrowed coronary artery. Once in place, the balloon is inflated, and therefore the tube expands to the scale of the artery and holds it open. The balloon is then deflated and removed whereas the SLTL coronary stent stays in place. Over many weeks, your artery heals around the tube.

The balloon with or without a stent. On the off chance that there is a blockage, the catheter is moved to the limited piece of the corridor. A modest balloon is traveled through the catheter and is utilized to open the conduit. The balloon is expanded for a brief span. At that point, it is flattened and expelled. The weight from the expanded balloon makes more space for the blood to stream, in light of the fact that the balloon presses the plaque against the mass of the supply route. The specialist can likewise utilize the balloon to put a stent in the conduit to keep it open.

Size of stent

How Stent used 

Most people who have operation even have a stent placed in their blocked artery throughout the constant procedure. The stent is sometimes inserted within the artery when it’s widened by the inflated balloon. The stent supports the walls of your artery to prevent it from re-narrowing when the operation. The stent seems like a little coil of wire mesh.

Here’s what happens:

• The stent, that is folded around a balloon at the tip of the catheter, is guided through the artery to the blockage.

• At the blockage, the balloon is inflated and therefore the spring-like stent expands and locks into place within the artery.

• The stent stays within the artery for good to carry it open and improve blood flow to your heart. In some cases, more than one stent is also required to open a blockage.

• Once the stent is in place, the balloon catheter is removed and a lot of pictures (angiograms) are taken to examine however well blood flows through your fresh widened artery.

• Finally, the guide catheter is removed, and therefore the procedure is completed.

After your stent placement, you will want prolonged treatment with medications, like pain pill or clopidogrel (Plavix) to scale back the prospect of blood clots forming on the stent.

Why do we need it?

People with blockages in their heart arteries may have the operation if they’re having variant discomfort in their chest, or if their blockages place them in danger of a heart attack or of dying.

What Happens throughout Angioplasty?

First, you’ll have what’s referred to as cardiac catheterization. Medications are given to relax you, then the doctor can numb wherever the catheter can come with anesthesia.

What about afterwards?

• Once the tube is removed from your leg or arm, a nurse or doctor can sometimes apply direct pressure for 15 minutes or longer to the place wherever the catheter was inserted to confirm there’s no internal bleeding.

• If the operation is completed through the leg, for many hours you’ll lie quietly on your back and therefore the doctors and nurses can check for any signs of bleeding or chest discomfort. If the procedure is completed through the arm, you won’t need to stay in bed.

• There’s a small risk that a blood can kind within the stent, blocking blood flow within the artery. Your doctor can prescribe a pain pill or different drugs to assist prevent this.
A small quantity of contrast liquid is placed into your blood vessel through the catheter. It’s photographed with associate X-ray because it moves through your heart’s chambers, valves, and major vessels. From those pictures, doctors will tell if your coronary arteries are narrowed and, in some cases, whether or not the heart valves are operating properly.

If the doctor decides to perform an operation, he can move the catheter into the artery that’s blocked. He’ll then do one among the procedures described below.

Cost for Angioplasty

The methodology can take somewhere in the range of 30 mins to 3 hours relying upon the patient’s ailment. The expense of this technique may run from Rs. 1,00,000 to Rs. 3,60,000 in India.


Coronary angioplasty enormously expands the blood course through the recently limited or blocked coronary corridor. Your chest torment, by and large, should diminish, and you might be better ready to work out.

Having angioplasty and stenting doesn’t mean your coronary illness leaves. You’ll have to proceed with solid way of life propensities and accept prescriptions as endorsed by your specialist.

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Author Bio


Alex is a marketing manager at SLTL Group with 10+ years of experience in Fiber Laser cutting and welding machines development expert in Robot programming and development of Robotic Laser cutting and welding machines.