An excess of cholesterol in the blood eventually begins to accumulate forming a substance referred to as plaque on the inside of your veins and arteries. This plaque restricts the amount of blood that can flow to and from your heart and can cause discomfort and eventually lead to a heart attack or heart disease.
To create enough space inside your veins for blood to flow freely, your cardiologist may recommend a Balloon Stenting surgery. During the balloon stenting process, a catheter is inserted into your artery and threaded through the circulatory system until it reaches the blockage point. Then, a tiny balloon is inflated inside the artery to push the plaque out of the way and open the artery up for blood flow. Once the artery is open and blood is flowing freely, a small metal device called a stent is placed like a fence in the artery to hold the plaque back and continue to allow blood through.
This procedure is generally brief, and patients can be released within 24 hours. Once you’re home, you can expect to feel some discomfort and exhaustion as your body acclimates to its new state. Within three to four weeks, with permission from a doctor, many patients can resume their regular routines.
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