Coronary artery balloon angioplasty - series

Normal anatomy

Normal anatomy

Indication

Indication

Fat and cholesterol accumulates on the inside of arteries (atherosclerosis). The small arteries of the heart muscle (the coronary arteries) can be narrowed or blocked by this accumulation. If the narrowing is small, percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, or PTCA for short, may be recommended for treatment. PTCA is a minimally invasive procedure to open up blocked coronary arteries, allowing blood to circulate unobstructed to the heart muscle. The indications for PTCA are:

  • An acute, full thickness heart attack
  • Recurrent chest pain (angina) despite medication

Procedure, part 1

Procedure, part 1

Procedure, part 2

Procedure, part 2

Procedure, part 3

Procedure, part 3

Procedure, part 4

Procedure, part 4

Procedure, part 5

Procedure, part 5

Aftercare, part 1

Aftercare, part 1

Aftercare, part 2

Aftercare, part 2

Version Info

  • Last reviewed on 1/18/2013
  • Harvey Simon, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital.

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