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 in order to open it and restore blood flow.
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.
Coronary Artery Stent Placement
During this procedure, we place a small, metal mesh tube (a stent) inside your coronary artery. Because a stent prevents the artery from closing again, the procedure is often done immediately following an angioplasty.