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Is the angioplasty procedure dangerous?

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.

An angioplasty has many benefits, but there are some risks that need to be considered as well. These risks are mainly influenced by the patient's health condition. Some risks associated with angioplasty are:

  • allergic reactions to the anesthetic
  • bleeding
  • clotting
  • arrhythmia
  • damage to a blood vessel, a heart valve, or an artery
  • heart attack.

The risk of complications is higher in people aged 75 and older, people who have kidney disease or diabetes, women, people with extensive heart disease, blockages, and poor pumping function in their hearts.

A doctor will be able to tell you everything there is to know about this procedure. 

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/