The doctors and staff at Apollo hospitals are pleased that you are considering us for your Coronary Angioplasty. We would like to take the time to briefly discuss the process of undergoing Coronary Angioplasty. Your physician has discussed the indications for surgery and the criteria that must be met prior to your Coronary Angioplasty. This information is designed to offer additional information on your preparation before surgery, the surgery itself, and the road to recovery after your procedure.

Coronary Angioplasty, also called Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, is a procedure used to open clogged arteries supplying the heart. These arteries are called the coronary arteries. Angioplasty involves temporarily inserting and inflating a tiny balloon where your artery is clogged, to help widen the artery.

Angioplasty is generally combined with the stable placement of a small wire mesh tube called a stent to help prop the artery open and reduce its chance of narrowing again. Some stents are coated with medication to help keep your artery open (drug-eluting stents), while others are not (bare-metal stents).

Angioplasty can improve symptoms caused by of blocked heart arteries, such as chest pain and shortness of breath. Angioplasty can also be used during a heart attack to quickly open a blocked artery and reduce the amount of damage to your heart.