Coronary angioplasty (also known as percutaneous coronary intervention) is a specialization of Dr. Rajiv Passey, where he opens up clogged heart arteries. We make angioplasty possible with the help of a balloon catheter. A catheter inserted in the blocked blood vessel helps to widen it with an improvement of blood flow.
Angioplasty requires a stent, which is like a small mesh wire. This stent helps in opening up the artery by decreasing its possibility of narrowing. Most of these stents are coated with medication that ensures the opening of the artery.
Our cardiologist Dr. Rajiv Passey performs coronary angioplasty with his own hands. Angioplasty heals symptoms of blocked arteries involving chest pain and breathing issues. Angioplasty is also frequently used when a patient suffers from a heart attack. It opens up a blocked artery which improves the supply of blood.
Firstly, the nurse will apply sedation followed by anesthesia. With the guidance of X-rays, our doctor will insert a thin catheter tube right through your artery. After that, a contrast dye is introduced into the catheter once placed. This dye helps our doctor look for the inside of blood vessels. It also identifies any blockages on X-ray images.
A small balloon fixed in the catheter tube is inflated when it reaches the site of the blockage. It helps to widen up the blocked artery. After the artery gets stretched, the balloon gets deflated again, along with the removal of the catheter tube. Multiple blockages mean that the procedure may get repeated.