Coronary angioplasty and stenting are procedures that open narrowed or blocked coronary arteries.
These are performed to check if a coronary artery is blocked, to assess how severe the blockage(s) are and to treat the problem using a catheter.
During this procedure, your doctor will widen your blocked artery using a small tube called a catheter. The catheter will have a balloon at the end of it and this is inserted into the coronary arteries through the groin or arm.
Your doctor will then inflate the balloon in the blocked artery to move the plaque causing the blockage, which will improve the blood flow. A mesh tube called a stent is then placed in the widened artery to keep it open
This procedure uses x-ray imaging to visualise the hearts blood vessels and it is performed to check if there is a restriction impacting the blood flow going to your heart.
Some of the symptoms that may indicate the need for a Coronary Angioplasty or stenting to be performed may include;