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Angioplasty is considered a novel technique but actually, it has old origin even its name is derived from two Greek words angion meaning vessel or cavity and plastron meaning form or mould. And this name predicts its exact function as it is used to mould or correct defected blood vessels. It is also termed as balloon angioplasty and percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA). Many people are afraid of undergoing a surgical procedure but angioplasty is less invasive one, associated with less blood loss and early recovery as compared to open heart surgery. To know more about it read till the bottom line.
In the course of this surgical procedure, a deflated balloon is attached to a catheter. This balloon catheter is passed over a guide-wire into the narrowed or blocked blood vessel. When it reaches the target blocked site it is inflated to a certain required limit. The inflated balloon exerts pressure on the vessel blockage and causes expansion of the blood vessel and muscular wall around the vessel. This expansion allows the improved blood flow. In some cases, a stent is also inserted at the time of balloon inflation to keep the blood vessel remains open after the procedure. When the process is complete the balloon is then deflated and withdrawn from the vessel carefully.
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How Does It Work?
Angioplasty is a really beneficial technique to treat many blood flow disorders. It mainly is used to get rid of the blockage of the blood vessel to keep the blood flow smooth and unrestricted. There are different types of it which work differently for this purpose to increase the healthy lifespan of the affected person.
Treating blocked or narrowed arteries with angioplasty and stenting is helpful in the long run to keep the person healthy as it can;
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- Reduce heart muscle damage even during a heart attack.
- Immediately relieve or at least minimize the symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath and improve daily routine life.
- Reduce the risk of stroke.
- Improve the kidneys function.
- Restore blood flow to the legs to prevent gangrene and paralysis.
As all that glitters are not gold, all dangerous looking things are not bad, especially when they provide such tremendous life-saving results.