The health of your cardiac system depends on your heart’s ability to pump oxygenated blood throughout your body. Many different factors can inhibit this ability, the most common of which is the accumulation of plaque on the interior walls of your veins and arteries. The substance we call plaque is a combination of cholesterol, calcium, and other substances in the blood. As it sticks to the inside of your arteries, it gradually shrinks the space through which blood can flow.
To treat this problem, cardiologists recommend a surgical procedure called Angioplasty. During this minimally invasive surgery, a catheter is threaded through an artery until it reaches the blockage point. Then, a balloon inflates at the end of the catheter pressing the plaque toward the artery walls leaving open space for blood to flow.
Most patients remain in the hospital for one day after their angioplasty so they can be monitored. After the surgery, you may feel some discomfort at the incision site where the catheter was placed, but other symptoms are rare. Your cardiologist can tell you when it is safe to return to your normal routine, though most people are feeling better within weeks.
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