Balloon Angioplasty

Balloon angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that opens clogged arteries to restore blood flow and reduce heart attack risk. If you’re suffering from narrowed arteries, your physician at American Vascular Specialists in Mesa, Arizona, might recommend this procedure. A balloon angioplasty today could save you from a heart attack in the future. Book your appointment online or by phone now.

Balloon Angioplasty Q & A

What is a balloon angioplasty?

A balloon angioplasty is an outpatient minimally invasive procedure that treats coronary artery disease. This procedure opens narrowed arteries to restore your blood flow and reduce your chance of complications like a heart attack. 

Balloon angioplasty is also a minimally invasive endovascular treatment for peripheral artery disease. Sometimes this procedure is called percutaneous coronary intervention.

How does balloon angioplasty work?

In a balloon angioplasty, your American Vascular Specialists physician places a catheter in your arm or leg. Using advanced imaging as a guide, your doctor carefully advances the catheter through your artery, up to your heart. 

When the catheter comes up to the blockage, your doctor injects a dye that highlights the coronary arteries. Your doctor captures an image of the arteries and examines them to view the blockage. 

Then, your American Vascular Specialists physician inserts a guidewire to the blockage. Your doctor then moves the catheter, now tipped with a balloon, to the blockage. Your physician inflates the balloon to push the plaque buildup away and open the artery. They might repeat inflation and deflation a few times before removing the balloon, catheter, and guidewire.

Sometimes, your doctor might place a slender tube called a stent, which is typically made of wire mesh, to keep your artery open permanently.

How do I prepare for my balloon angioplasty?

A member of the American Vascular Specialists team gives you specific preparation instructions. Usually, this includes discontinuing certain medications, such as aspirin. Your doctor advises you about how and when to take your other medications. 

Stop smoking at least a day ahead of your balloon angioplasty, or as advised by your doctor. Usually, you’ll need to fast for at least a few hours prior to the balloon angioplasty.

What happens after my balloon angioplasty?

Your American Vascular Specialists physician gives you specific recovery guidelines. Generally, this includes resting for a few days, drinking plenty of fluids, and avoiding excessive movement. Your doctor typically prescribes a blood thinner or other similar medication after your balloon angioplasty, as well.  

Balloon angioplasty can relieve both your artery blockage and your worries. Call American Vascular Specialist, or click the online scheduler to book your appointment today.