Coronary angioplasty is a coronary artery disease treatment used to open coronary arteries blocked by a buildup of plaque, or fatty material. Plaque in the arteries may develop in childhood and continue to thicken in the adult years. This thickening, called atherosclerosis, narrows the space through which blood can flow and decreases the amount of blood reaching the heart.
Coronary angioplasty, also known as percutaneous coronary intervention, uses several methods to permit more blood flow into the heart:
Since coronary angioplasty often greatly improves blood flow through the coronary arteries and the heart, it may help patients avoid the need for coronary artery bypass surgery, or CABG surgery, a much more invasive procedure.
Patients in need of coronary angioplasty and other artery disease treatmentprocedures will find expert and compassionate care at the Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
The Center's Cardiovascular Medicine division is equipped with robotics and sophisticated imaging equipment for innovative and interventional procedures. Coronary angioplasty and many other procedures are performed in a seamless, coordinated environment, allowing better collaboration between the team of specialists and staff. The Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital is one of the most advanced centers of its kind in New England. With state-of-the art technology and a robust research program, the Center provides comprehensive and innovative care for patients with coronary artery disease, including coronary angioplasty.
In addition to coronary angioplasty, physicians may recommend a variety of other treatment methods, including:
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