What risks are involved in angioplasty?
As with any medical procedure, angioplasty poses certain postoperative risks. Hence, it is important to discuss with your doctor and weigh the benefits versus the risks to decide whether the treatment is suitable for you.
You may develop an allergic reaction to the dye, stent, anesthetic or some other materials used during angioplasty. Other risks associated with coronary angioplasty include:
Your doctor will discuss each of these potential complications. The risks associated with an emergency angioplasty procedure are greater than the intervention performed under other circumstances. Most of these risks can be prevented, for example, use of a drug-eluting stent instead of a metal stent prevents the formation of scar tissue that can block the artery again. The risk of blood clots can be reduced by taking the prescribed medications.
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