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A successful angioplasty brings relief from angina and can make a heart attack less likely.

Often an angioplasty procedure includes insertion of a small mesh tube called a stent. The stent helps ensure the artery remains open.

What happens during coronary angioplasty?

Coronary angioplasty can take 30 minutes up to several hours depending on the amount of narrowing you have. Your consultant may offer you a sedative to help you relax.

A sheath (a short, soft plastic tube used to access your artery) is usually inserted in your femoral artery near your groin or radial artery near your wrist. Local anaesthetic may be used on the insertion area.

Your consultant will pass a catheter along the artery to your heart. Using x-ray guidance and contrast dye they will pass a small tube with a tiny inflatable balloon at the end down the catheter and across the narrowed part of the artery. They will then inflate the balloon to widen the artery. They will also expand a stent inside the artery to hold it open. The balloon is then deflated and withdrawn. They may leave the stent to hold the artery open.

After your procedure you will need to remain in bed for several hours. Our healthcare team will monitor your recovery. Be sure and let us know if you are in any pain.

Going home after coronary angioplasty

You may be able to go home the day of your procedure. In some cases an overnight stay may be required. You will not be allowed to drive until your consultant releases you to do so. Please arrange for someone to take you home.

You should avoid any strenuous activity or heavy lifting until your consultant releases you. Continue taking any high blood pressure or cholesterol medications as prescribed.

Bruising around the insertion area is normal. Contact us if you experience any increase in pain, redness, swelling or discharge from this area.

Be sure and discuss any return to work with your consultant.

As with any procedure there could be complications:

  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Infection

Specific complications of coronary angioplasty may include:

  • Reaction to contrast dye
  • Change in heart rhythm
  • Re-narrowing of your artery
  • Heart attack or stroke (rare).
Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment
Bournemouth  

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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Derby  

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
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Guildford  

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

01483 555805
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Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
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Leicester  

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

0116 2769 401
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North Staffordshire  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 625431
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Oxford  

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Taunton  

Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286991
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Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

01926 436351
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York  

Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715000
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