Heart disease is a dangerous medical condition that reduces blood flow throughout the body by narrowing or blocking your arteries with plaque. If the plaque starts to build up too much, then you can suffer a heart attack, stroke or permanent heart damage. Heart disease is so prevalent and dangerous that it is currently the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. The best way to reverse the damage of heart disease and improve your blood flow without undergoing a dangerous surgery is with an angioplasty.
An angioplasty is a non-surgical medical procedure that is designed to open up the coronary arteries and restore blood flow back to normal. The procedure starts with placing a catheter in your heart. This is done by inserting it through a blood vessel in your arm or groin.
There are different techniques that can be used during your angioplasty to remove the plaque and improve blood flow. A balloon angioplasty sends a catheter with a balloon attached to the tip to the damaged artery. The balloon is then inflated to push all of the plaque up against the artery wall while stretching the artery open at the same time.
A stent may be placed in the artery during your angioplasty to improve blood flow. This tiny mesh tube is usually placed in the heart at the same time as a balloon angioplasty to make sure the stretched artery remains open for many years into the future.
The procedure can usually be performed under just a local anesthetic. The technique used in your angioplasty procedure will depend on your unique situation. Most of the angioplasty methods will take approximately two hours to complete. During a consultation, our experienced vascular surgeon will help you decide which procedure is best for your particular circumstance.
With offices in San Antonio, Boerne, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Floresville, Hondo, Jourdanton, New Braunfels and Uvalde, Peripheral Vascular Associates is here for you. Our team of highly qualified experts will be happy to evaluate the condition of your heart and determine which treatment is best for you. Tests taken in your evaluation may include a CT scan, an MRA, a duplex ultrasound and pulse volume recordings.
Your heart is one of the most important aspects of your body. Don’t just sit back and wonder about its condition. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more about your options.