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Coronary angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to restore blood flow to arteries blocked by a buildup of plaque resulting from coronary artery disease. The technique uses a special balloon inserted through a catheter to open the blockage. The procedure is also called balloon angioplasty, percutaneous coronary intervention or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty.

Coronary angioplasty: What you need to know

  • Through small incisions, the surgeon threads a tiny catheter to the location of the blockage and expands an attached balloon, which helps to open up the artery.
  • Once the balloon is removed, the surgeon may insert a metal mesh tube, or stent, to keep the artery open and allow proper blood flow.
  • Angioplasty does not cure coronary artery disease. To prevent future problems, your physician may prescribe medication and recommend eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
  • Angioplasty is a safe procedure that may only require one overnight stay in the hospital. If you've had the procedure done after a heaart attack or chest pain, you may need to remain in the hsopital for a few days.

Why choose UF Health Jacksonville?

UF Health Surgery Jacksonville has a renowned team of University of Florida surgeons with a success rate among the highest in the nation. You can rely on their expertise — developed by years of experience performing complicated surgeries — to offer you the best chance to restore your health and quality of life.

As a part of a leading academic medical institution, our surgical team can also offer you the most advanced research-based treatments for the best possible outcomes.

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