Programs & Services

Heart & Vascular Program

Angioplasty

Angioplasty is an effective and common procedure for restoring blood flow to the heart by opening up coronary arteries affected by disease.

A catheter with a small balloon on the tip is inserted through an artery in either the groin or the arm. Once in the artery, the catheter is threaded into the affected artery of the heart. The balloon is inflated at the site of blockage. This squeezes the plaque against the walls of the artery, thereby increasing the blood flow to the heart muscle.

Not every blockage can be treated with angioplasty. Sometimes, the blockages may be too long or inaccessible by the catheter to be safely and effectively treated. When the amount of blockage is too great or involves too many of the arteries to be successfully treated with angioplasty, your cardiologist may recommend other courses of treatment, including bypass surgery.

Video

This short video will help you prepare for the cardiac catheterization procedure, and let you know what to expect on your day with us at the Cardiac Investigation Unit.