Blocked arteries are no laughing matter. At their worst, they can lead to a heart attack. Even if you are diagnosed with a minor case, you may still find yourself dealing with troubling symptoms, such as shortness of breath or chest pains that can strike at any time. It can be frightening and keep you from leading an active lifestyle. If you have been experiencing symptoms that suggest you have a blockage in your heart, you need to get evaluated as soon as possible. There is a chance that your condition could be treated with a minor procedure that can spare you invasive surgery. It’s called angioplasty.
What Happens When You Have Angioplasty?
Angioplasty is a common procedure that is often the first method of treatment for blocked or narrowing arteries. It involves the insertion of a catheter through your groin or your arm. Through the use of a special dye and medical imagery, our doctor can pinpoint the source of your blockage in your artery. The catheter will be directed to that artery and a balloon on the end of it will be inflated. By inflating the balloon, the blockage can be cleared. Narrow arteries can be opened up wider.
If there is a need for additional support in the artery, our doctor may insert a stent in the artery. A stent is a small piece of mesh tubing that can be placed on the balloon used for angioplasty. When the balloon inflates, it can put the stent in place. Once your arteries are cleared, your blood will flow more easily through your body. Your heart will no longer have to work so hard to do its job. Your painful symptoms should go away.
Give Yourself Peace of Mind by Clearing Blocked Arteries
While medication and lifestyle changes can certainly benefit your heart, you need to take care of a blockage. You should not ignore a problem that can only get bigger over time. The best thing you can do is eliminate the blockage in your arteries as soon as possible with angioplasty. You will be able to spare yourself major surgery when you take care of the problem at the early stages. Once your procedure is over, ask our team about ways you can promote improved cardiovascular health. Find out what foods you should avoid and what types of exercises will be best for you to make your heart stronger.
Learn More About the Benefits of Angioplasty
Our doctor at Peripheral Vascular Associates is your best source of information when it comes to treating your heart. Make an appointment at one of our offices to discuss your treatment options, including angioplasty. The sooner you act, the sooner you can feel better.
Peripheral Vascular Associates has offices in San Antonio, Boerne, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Floresville, Hondo, Jourdanton, New Braunfels and Uvalde. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.