People with blockages in their heart arteries may need angioplasty if they are having discomfort in their chest, or if their blockages put them at risk of a heart attack or of dying
Angioplasty is a specialized procedure that opens blocked arteries and restores normal blood flow to your heart muscle. It is not major surgery. The procedure begins by threading a catheter (thin tube) through a small incision in a leg, groin or arm till the artery. The blocked artery is opened by inflating a tiny balloon in it.
Angioplasty is performed to treat a type of heart disease called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the slow buildup of fatty plaques in your heart’s blood vessels [coronary arteries].