Coronary Angioplasty and Stent – Opelousas, LA
Blocked arteries are unable to properly distribute oxygen and nutrients through the blood to the body. Blockages are made up of an accumulation of fatty deposits which gradually cause the blood flow to decrease over time. Coronary angioplasty is a procedure that helps to increase blood flow by opening blocked arteries.
Angioplasty improves blood flow by pushing the plaque out of the way to open the artery. The procedure starts by inserting a catheter with a small balloon attached at the end. Upon reaching the blockage, the balloon inflates and pushes the plaque to the walls of the artery, opening up the vessel. Next, the balloon deflates, and a stent is inserted to keep the vessel open. A stent is a mesh tube that retains its width after the balloon is deflated, preventing the plaque from restricting blood flow.
A stent will restore blood flow, but in some cases, the doctor may decide that bypass surgery is the best option for long-term heart health. Your physician will discuss the best treatment option for you.