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The angioplasty procedure is aimed at opening up Advanced CardioRX Review blocked arteries to allow smoother and more normal blood flow. It opens up a narrowed artery by inserting a tube (called the catheter) at the narrowed point. A balloon is fixed at the end of the tube, which is then inflated, to push apart the arterial walls outward. This action results to the temporary widening of the narrowed artery and can also break down and crush the plaque build-up. The balloon is then removed and to keep the site open, a coronary stent is placed and remains there permanently to hold the artery open and restore blood flow.
Depending on the severity and the number of blockages, the entire procedure can last about two hours. Patients are usually given sedative to help them relax. Fluids and medications are usually given through an intravenous injection, and local anaesthetic is given. An X-ray photograph is used all throughout the procedure to allow the cardiologist to view and guide the movement of the catheter.
Patients will be instructed not to eat or drink for at least four hours (or more) before the procedure. You will also be given aspirin (anti-platelet) and anti-coagulant medications a few days before. You will be awake the entire time.