What is angioplasty?

Angioplasty is in simple terms, the removal of a block in a blood vessel. Most familiar form of angioplasty is coronary angioplasty – removal of blocks in the blood vessels of the heart.

How is angioplasty done?

Angioplasty is done using small tubes with balloons attached at the tip known as ‘balloon catheters‘. These catheters are introduced through the blood vessels in the wrist (radial artery) or the groin (femoral artery) and moved under X-ray cine imaging (fluoroscopy) to reach the destination vessel. Before passing the balloon catheter, it is usual to pass another wider catheter known as ‘guide catheter‘ and a ‘guidewire‘ through it to cross the blocked segment. The balloon catheter is then Read more…