Angioplasty is a miracle invention in the field of medical science that helps diseased hearts to pump again smoothly. If you have suffered from a heart attack if you are a risk of one, you must take the experienced advice of the cardiologist, Dr Siva Kumar Reddy before you take an angioplasty.
What Is An Angioplasty?
If a narrowed or blocked artery (blood vessel near the heart) is obstructing blood flow, it can be reopened by a medical procedure. This procedure is called angioplasty. It is performed by passing a catheter (thin pipe-like medical device) through your artery. It is a hundred percent safe procedure and is minimally invasive and painless.
When Is An Angioplasty Needed?
Suspended particles in your blood like blood clots and cholesterol can settle over the walls of your artery can gradually narrow down or block the passage of blood. This condition may lead to heart failure which can even be fatal. Angioplasty is used as a treatment to broaden arteries.
An angioplasty is performed if:
- You have a heart attack because of a blocked artery or a high risk of the same
- You suffer from heart failure due to narrowed arteries or a high risk of the same
- A child has congenitally narrow arteries that threaten the health of his heart.
How Is An Angioplasty Performed?
During the procedure, you will lie on your back and sedative medicine will be given to you through an IV line to ease your pain. Some added anaesthesia will be given at the site of insertion (usually near your groin).
The catheter is guided through your blood vessel to the site of the blockage or narrowed artery. Commonly, an angiogram is performed simultaneously that helps to monitor the entire procedure.
At the affected area of the artery, a tiny balloon is inflated to widen the artery and then deflated and traced back. A collapsed stent can also be placed to keep the artery open. The stent expands and attaches to the wall of the blood vessel to keep it open for blood to flow through it.
If you have multiple blockages, the same process is repeated. Finally, the catheter is removed and pressure is applied at the site of insertion to prevent bleeding. You will be kept overnight for observation.
What Should You Do After An Angioplasty?
After the angioplasty, you will need to take the prescribed medicines religiously. You must drink a lot of water to flush out the angiogram dye. Initially (if not recommended otherwise), you need to rest more. Within a week, you can go back to your normal life.
However, some dietary and exercise restrictions may apply based on your exact health condition.
Angioplasty By Dr. Siva Kumar Reddy
Dr. Siva works only with the latest imaging technologies, the best medical equipment, and an adept team to ensure that your artery is unblocked perfectly without causing any harm to your health. If you are awaiting an angioplasty, or if you have any heart conditions, you can benefit from Dr. Siva’s expert medical advice.