Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S., claiming the lives of over 600,000 Americans every year. Though regular exercise, a healthy diet, and other healthy habits are effective ways of preventing heart disease, more advanced measures are required for severe cases. A coronary angioplasty is a sophisticated procedure designed to reduce heart disease symptoms and decrease one’s risk of a heart attack. If you have heart disease, you might ask your Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point doctor about a coronary angioplasty.
When Is It Necessary?
Plaque can build up in your arteries over time, making it more difficult for blood to flow normally. If left unaddressed, the buildup of plaque may eventually lead to the total blockage of a coronary artery, also known as a heart attack. During a coronary angioplasty, a surgeon widens the coronary arteries affected by plaque, thus increasing the blood flow to the heart and reducing the patient’s risk of heart attack.
How Is It Performed?
Before undergoing a coronary angioplasty, you will undergo a coronary angiogram to determine whether the procedure is for you. During the procedure itself, you will be sedated while your cardiologist inserts a catheter into one of your major arteries. He then uses a guidewire to bring the catheter up to your heart, where a special balloon inflates the narrow artery. Your doctor may also place a stent in your artery to prevent narrowing in the future.
What Is Recovery Like?
Coronary angioplasty is considered a non-invasive procedure, and typically only requires one day of post-surgery hospitalization. In the days following surgery, it’s important for patients to drink plenty of fluids, avoid strenuous activity, and seek medical care for complications. Most patients can return to their normal activities one week after surgery.
If you suspect that you need a coronary angioplasty, call Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point at (888) 741-5119. Our Consult-A-Nurse hotline can help you understand what kind of care you need and connect you with a skilled and experienced cardiologist in Hudson, FL.