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How And Why Patients Need Angioplasty

Angioplasty is one of the most prevalent methods for treating patients with a blocked or narrow coronary artery. Wondering why or how you get a blocked artery? It gets blocked mainly due to plaque build-up.

How Does The Artery Get Blocked?

Many people have cholesterol plaques developing in their arteries for years owing to smoking, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. The plaque is a waxy substance that keeps growing inside the artery and gradually hardens. This narrows the artery and makes blood flow difficult. Gradually, you experience chest pain or angina. The plaque at times gets ruptured and a blood clot forms on the surface blocking the artery completely. If the blockage is formed in the head, you get a stroke and if it’s the heart, then a heart attack.

Balloon Angioplasty, What Is That?

Angioplasty helps in creating a way through the plaque so that blood flow can be restored. The procedure is carried out in a catheterization laboratory rather than an operating theatre. The laboratory has an X-ray video which allows the doctor to monitor the entire process.

 

Keeping The Artery Open

A stent is used in many cases to keep the artery open and let the blood flow freely. It reduces the chances of a heart attack and helps in keeping you healthy.

 

Necessary Lifestyle Changes

Angioplasty and stents by cardiologists in Huntington Beach can last a lifetime, but the necessary lifestyle changes have to be made urgently. A healthy diet with adequate physical exercise is necessary. Smoking and stress should be avoided. You should undergo treatment for high blood pressure and cholesterol.

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Dr. Chane

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