What happens when a coronary angiogram reveals that your major arteries are clogged with plaque, causing a potentially threatening blood flow obstruction? In such circumstances, Dr Karthigesan, Senior Consultant Cardiologist, may suggest a Coronary Angioplasty & Stenting procedure.
Also called Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA) or Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), the primary purpose of this procedure is to open up clogged arteries for unrestricted blood flow.
In an Angioplasty, a tiny balloon or catheter is inserted into the blocked artery to widen it and enable the free flow of blood. Subsequently, a small wire mesh called a stent is used to keep the artery open and prevent it from narrowing again. Most stents are coated with drugs to avoid artery closure.
Dr. Karthigesan is the best specialist in dealing with such intricate cardiac procedures. As a Senior Consultant Cardiologist, he has a wealth of experience dealing with major and minor cardiac interventional procedures. Not only does Dr. Karthigesan offer the latest cardiac treatments, but he also provides the most empathic medical care for your heart.
Angioplasty is one of the most common procedures to treat atherosclerosis, or the build-up of plaque in the blood vessels of your heart. Dr. Karthigesan may suggest Angioplasty if:
Before scheduling an Angioplasty, Dr. Karthigesan will do a physical examination to assess your condition and review your medical history. He will also recommend further tests such as: