Medical Imaging

Angiography > Exams & Procedures > Angioplasty (Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty)

This is an arterial procedure similar to an angiogram. It is used to open up stenotic vessels (narrowing in the blood vessels supplying circulation either to the legs or arms). Vessels that are narrowed have usually been identified from a previous angiogram.

The procedure takes about one hour.

Preparation

  • If you are diabetic, do everything you would normally do. Do not take your metformin. A blood test will be done once you arrive in hospital.
  • If you are not diabetic, do not have anything to eat or drink after midnight.
  • If you are taking aspirin, Coumadin, Tyclid, Plavix or Aggrenox please stop taking this medication one week before, but only with your doctor's approval.
  • Please take all of your medications with a small amount of water, especially heart and blood pressure medications.
  • If you have had a previous allergic reaction to contrast media (X-ray dye), please inform us and your doctor in advance. Your doctor may order a medication for you to take prior to your procedure.
  • You will need someone to take you home and stay with you overnight, if there is no other adult at home.