Can Angioplasty And Stenting Cure Coronary Artery Disease?

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By Dr Arunachalam Esakkiappan

04 May, 2018

#Cardiologist


Angioplasty and stenting is a minimally invasive procedure to improve the blood flow in an artery or vein that are narrowed or blocked.


Angioplasty involves threading a thin tube called catheter with an inflatable balloon or other device at its tip until it reaches the narrowed or blocked area of the blood vessel. Once in place, the balloon is inflated and closed. This helps open the blocked vessel and restores proper blood flow to the heart.  If a stent is placed in the blood vessel, it serves to help keep it open.


A timely angioplasty can save your life and reduce damage to the heart muscle from a heart attack. You would  feel better immediately after your angioplasty because it  has opened your blocked blood vessel and blood started to flow freely.


However,  the procedure  does not cure coronary artery disease or reduce the chance of having a future heart attack.  While a stent can fix a serious blockage, it does not stop the process of artery-clogging plaque build-up from occurring around your body. This is because, plaque isn’t confined to just one area and could be affecting arteries throughout your body.


For long-term benefits, you need heart-protecting medications and a lifestyle makeover…
Preventing new blockages is best attained by taking your medications regularly and making healthy lifestyle changes that includes: eating a heart healthy diet, exercising regularly, giving up smoking habits and keeping stress at bay!
These preventive measures can protect all your arteries, not just the one in the most obvious trouble.

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