Coronary angioplasty and stenting are procedures that open narrowed or blocked coronary arteries.
What is coronary angioplasty and stenting?
Coronary angioplasty and stenting are procedures that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries. In this procedure, your doctor will widen your blocked artery with a balloon (angioplasty) and a small, wire mesh tube (stent)
Why do I need coronary angioplasty and stenting?
Your doctor may recommend coronary angioplasty and stenting to:
What are the risks of coronary angioplasty and stenting?
There aren’t many risks associated with the coronary angioplasty and stent procedure – yet it’s important to be aware that some risks do exist.
The most common risks are:
Serious problems from having a coronary angioplasty and stenting procedure are rare, however they include:
If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to speak to your doctor who can help to address your concerns. Your doctor will also ask you to sign a consent form to agree to the procedure.
How do I prepare for coronary angioplasty and stenting?
You’ll need to prepare for your coronary angioplasty and stenting procedure by:
What happens during angioplasty and stenting?
Your coronary angioplasty and stenting procedure takes place in a hospital room that looks like an operating theatre. You will be taken to the procedure room on a trolley or wheelchair and asked to lie on a narrow table. You will be awake throughout the procedure, and before it begins your doctor may offer you sedation to help you relax. During the procedure your doctor will:
You will be connected to a heart monitor for the duration of your coronary angioplasty and stenting procedure and you’ll also be monitored by a medical team. The procedure usually takes less than hour.
What happens after coronary angioplasty and stenting?
Once your coronary angioplasty is finished, you will be moved to the recovery area or to the ward to rest. You may be tender or sore and have some bruising at the site of the procedure – this should go away after two weeks. You will remain in hospital while your heart is monitored and be encouraged to drink fluids to flush your kidneys of the X-ray dye. Your doctor will decide if you need to stay overnight (this is generally the case) in the hospital and the best ongoing treatment for you.
If you continue to feel any signs or symptoms that make you feel concerned, make an appointment with your doctor.