Coronary angioplasty with stent insertion procedure (also known as Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) is a procedure performed to widen narrowings within the arteries. A stent is used to open and support the diseased artery, helping to improve blood flow to your heart.
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Angioplasty is often performed to relieve angina symptoms and treat patients who have had heart attacks. The procedure often follows an angiogram, where the Cardiologist has undertaken a full diagnostic investigation.
The first step is to have an initial consultation with a Consultant Cardiologist at KIMS Hospital. With no waiting lists, you can access prompt care at a time that suits you whether you are paying for yourself or if you have medical insurance.
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What does the angioplasty procedure involve?
Angioplasty is performed by a Consultant Cardiologist, supported by a dedicated team of experienced cardiac radiographers, nurses and physiologists.
The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic, which is applied to the area around your wrist or groin. Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, a small tube called a sheath is inserted into the artery.
The initial stage involves finding and identifying any narrowings that need to be treated. Once these have been identified, the Cardiologist will proceed with the angioplasty. The stent (small tube) is mounted around a small, deflated balloon on a guide wire, which is tracked along the narrowing. The Cardiologist will then inflate the balloon, widening the stent so it expands to keep your artery open. The balloon is then deflated and removed.
Depending on the number of stents you need, the process will be repeated until the identified narrowing is treated.
How many stents will I need?
This will depend on the number of narrowings that are identified. Your Cardiologist will only be able to determine this during the procedure and will treat each narrowing that requires a stent.
How long will I stay in hospital?
The procedure is usually performed as a day case, which means you won’t need to stay overnight. Your Consultant will discuss this with you in more detail during your initial consultation.
Recovery and aftercare
Angioplasty is considered to be a safe procedure but, as with any operation, there may be a few after-effects. For a few days afterwards, you may have some bruising and soreness around the area where the sheath was inserted. You might also feel tired, but you should be back to normal within a week.
Our team will make sure you are given all the relevant information before you are discharged after your procedure, including who you can contact at the hospital if you have any concerns once you are home. The cardiac nursing team will contact you within the first week of discharge to discuss any issues and your recovery.
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