# Angioplasty

## Balloon Angioplasty

When your heart’s arteries become blocked or narrowed from cholesterol or plaque, angioplasty can help. During this minor procedure, we insert a thin tube (catheter) into a blood vessel in your arm, groin, or neck and extend it to your heart (as in a routine cardiac catheterization). Then, we inflate a very small balloon in the artery to open it and restore blood flow.

## Laser Angioplasty

This is a similar procedure to a balloon angioplasty, but instead of using a balloon to open the artery, we use a laser to break down any blockage we find.