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Balloon Angioplasty

Author: Webmaster / August 8, 2016 / Categories:

A surgical procedure used to unblock clogged coronary arteries by inflating a balloon-tipped catheter in the blocked area. When the balloon is inflated, the plaque buildup is pushed to the sides of the artery wall, widening the area to increase blood flow.

Sometimes a doctor may place a stent (a small, expandable wire tube) into the artery, which is permanently pushed into place when the balloon expands.

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