Angioplasty restores blood flow by opening blocked arteries. We take a thin tube (catheter) with a tiny balloon and insert it into a blood vessel in your arm or groin. We then thread the tube to the artery, where the balloon inflates, widening the artery so blood can flow.
Angioplasty is a common treatment for coronary artery disease, and can restore blood flow to the heart. We also use angioplasty to treat blockages in arteries in your legs (peripheral artery disease) and your neck (carotid artery disease).
What you should know about angioplasty:
- You will be awake during angioplasty, but your doctor will give you an anesthetic so that you do not feel pain. Most people spend the night in the hospital after angioplasty and are able to go home the next day.
- Your doctor may also place a stent in your artery during angioplasty. This small wire mesh tube helps keep the artery open. It prevents your artery from narrowing again.
Why choose Geisinger for your angioplasty care?
- Fastest heart attack care: Angioplasty is a life-saving treatment for people who are having a heart attack. We are able to provide angioplasty quicker than anyone in the region. We far exceed the national average for door-to-balloon time, the time between arriving in the emergency room and receiving angioplasty.
- More heart specialists: At Geisinger, our specialists perform more angioplasty procedures than other heart programs in the region. They have advanced training in these interventional techniques.
- Range of treatments: Angioplasty is just one of many treatments we offer to treat coronary artery disease and lower your risk for heart attack. We have a robust heart surgery program and have set the standard of care for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.
Treats these conditions
Angioplasty is an effective treatment for many conditions. Your doctor may recommend it if you have: