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Who needs Angioplasty

Angioplasty is a procedure that is performed by cardiologists to restore blood flow through the arteries. Doctors perform angioplasty to reduce the chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart and minimize the damage to the heart muscle from a heart attack.

In this procedure, the doctor threads a thin tube through a blood vessel in the arm or groin up to the involved site in the artery. The tube has a tiny balloon attached on the end. When the tube reaches the place, the doctor inflates the balloon to push the plaque outward against the wall of the artery. This widens the artery and restores the blood flow for the patient.

Angioplasty is a less complicated way to open the arteries that are clogged, but this procedure still has some risks. The most common ones of them are re-narrowing of the arteries which were unclogged through stents (restenosis). It is extremely rare and happens in only 30% of the cases.

It is usually done on the patients who are above the age of 65.

Angioplasty Benefits

Angioplasty is a life-saving procedure. It is the most efficient way to restore the blood flow to the heart again quickly. The sooner your doctor restores your blood supply, lesser the damage will be done to your heart muscles. Angioplasty also relieves chest pain and prevents shortness of breath and other symptoms associated with a heart attack.

  • It can save your life and reduce heart muscle damage during a heart attack by restoring blood flow to the heart
  • It is an excellent way to open narrowed arteries.  

Angioplasty also significantly cut shorts the chances of more invasive open-heart bypass surgery, which requires prolonged recovery time. Angioplasty serves to lower the risk of another heart attack. It may also increase your chances of survival more than the medications you take to break up blood clots.

Angioplasty Recovery

After undergoing this procedure, the doctor explains how to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle. Angioplasty recovery is very smooth if you take your medications as prescribed by your doctor. Here's are some recovery tips that can help you in getting fit quickly. 

  • If you’re a smoker, immediately quit smoking.

  • Eat a well-balanced diet

  • Take part in some exercise or activity every day which may help lower your blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels.

  • Have frequent follow-ups for a month

Healthy lifestyle choices are always the best bet to reduce the chances of having another heart attack. You might think about angioplasty risks but those are way less if compared to those of bypass surgery and rather it saves you from a lot of complications.

Exercising is always recommended by the doctor, it helps speed up recovery and it is also a key component of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is known to improve:

  • Fitness level
  • Control blood pressure
  • Balance weight and cholesterol
  • Keep you relaxed

Always start with short and simple walks and you can later increase the intensity gradually.

Angioplasty Cost

The cost of Angioplasty in Pakistan varies from PKR 25,000 - PKR 35,000. It depends on the hospital, machinery, seriousness of the case and the doctor performing the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Angioplasty has been successful in more than 90% of the cases. Only 30% to 40% of patients with successful coronary angioplasty may go on to develop recurrent narrowing at the site of balloon inflation.
Angioplasty is a way less invasive way to open clogged arteries than bypass surgery. However, it still carries some risks. The most common risks associated with angioplasty are re-narrowing of your arteries (restenosis). With angioplasty alone, without stent placement, restenosis may happen in about 30% of the cases.
Normally, a two-days complete rest is recommended by the doctors after an angioplasty.
An angioplasty lasts between 1-3 hours.
You are required to stay in the hospital overnight under observation.
Angioplasty is a procedure in which the blood vessels that supply the blood to heart are opened. Stent is a small, metallic mesh tube inserted inside an artery that expands. A stent is placed after angioplasty.
1. No heavy-lifting. 2. Avoid driving until your doctor says you can. 3. Quit smoking. 4. Change dietary habits. 5. Cardiac rehabilitation or get a physical therapist. 6. Take your medication on time.