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Why Choose Marina del Rey Hospital for Angioplasty?

Our highly skilled medical staff here, at Marina del Ray Hospital, can provide you with this minimally invasive procedure. If you have significant plaque buildup in your arteries, you might require an angioplasty. Ensure your safety, let our best cardiothoracic surgeons help you.

Your heart is the organ that pumps the blood through your arteries and helps to provide your body with oxygen and nutrients. There are many blood vessels through your body, some more important than the others. Unfortunately, due to smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or other causes, plaque can build up in your arteries which in time can build up and create a blockage or bump. This is called Atherosclerosis and it can prove extremely dangerous. If left unchecked, the bump can significantly increase in size and constrict the blood flow, completely block it or, in worst case scenarios, rupture the artery and create a blood clot.

Coronary angioplasty is the procedure in which a doctor makes a small cut and inserts a small catheter into your blood vessels and goes all the way through your heart. There, it detects where the plaque is located and with a small balloon attached to the catheter, it stretches your artery until the blockage is removed.

After being sedated, an incision will be made on your wrist or leg. Then, the surgeon will inserts a very thin catheter and will push it through your artery until it reaches your heart. There, by injecting a small amount of dye, the doctor will see in the x-ray where the blockage is located. After that, the blood vessels are stretched with the help of a balloon attached to the catheter. Usually, but not always, a stent is placed on the catheter. After inflating the balloon, it remains attached to your artery making sure it stays widened. This process is repeated until all blockages have been removed.

There are many benefits to getting this procedure:

  1. It greatly improves blood flow throughout your body
  2. It reduces the symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath and fatigue
  3. It improves kidney function
  4. It reduces the risks of a stroke
  5. It reduces the risks of a heart attack

Angioplasty is not an invasive procedure so the patient should recover from it fairly quickly. After the surgery is done, the patient may be discharged as soon as a day after it. He should sleep at the hospital overnight to be monitored for chest pain or bleeding.

Even though angioplasty is a fairly easy type of surgery, it has its risks. There can happen a re-clogging of the arteries after some time, blood clots can be formed in the heart after stent placement and there can be bleeding at the site of where the catheter was inserted.

Angioplasty is not only a good procedure to save the victim of a heart attack, it is also a great method of preventing one. Our surgeons are qualified, experienced and ready to get your heart in a better shape. If you experience fatigue, shortness of breath, leg numbness or chest pains, you may have clogged arteries and need an angioplasty. Call us today at 888.600.5600 and schedule an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Angioplasty

Just like any other surgery, angioplasty poses some post-operative risks. You will discuss them with your doctor before you decide to have this intervention.

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Angioplasty is not considered a dangerous procedure. However, the risk of complications may increase if the patient is over 70 years old and presents other health problems.

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No, angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that involves a tiny incision, and usually does not require general anesthesia. It is done to improve the blood flow in a blood vessel blocked due to plaque buildup.

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Your doctor will be able to tell which procedure is best suited for you after your medical examination.

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The recovery process after angioplasty is typically brief. Complete recovery can take at least a week or less.

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