If you have chest pain that’s worsening or experience a heart attack, you may be a candidate for angioplasty. The board-certified vascular surgeons at Comprehensive Vascular Care offer the highest standard of care for angioplasty at their offices in Southfield and Novi, Michigan. Using minimally invasive techniques and advanced imaging technology, the physicians can widen narrowed blood vessels and place a stent to enhance your blood circulation. Learn more about the benefits of angioplasty by calling Comprehensive Vascular Care or by requesting an appointment through the online booking feature today.
Angioplasty is a treatment option for conditions that cause narrowing in your blood vessels and limit the flow of blood from your heart to the rest of your body.
You may need angioplasty if medications or other therapies aren’t enough to treat:
The vascular specialists at Comprehensive Vascular Care can determine if you’re a candidate for angioplasty after a careful evaluation of your personal and family medical history and a review of your existing health.
During angioplasty, your Comprehensive Vascular Care provider inserts a flexible catheter through a small incision in your vein in your groin, arm, or wrist. They guide the catheter into the proper position using the guidance of X-ray technology.
Attached to the catheter is a tiny balloon. When the catheter is in place, your provider gently inflates the balloon, which presses against the sides of your blood vessel to widen it.
In some cases, you may need a stent (small wire coil) to keep the vessel open and ensure your blood is flowing freely. The stent expands and locks into place after placement. If you have multiple blockages, your Comprehensive Vascular Care provider may place multiple stents in the area of the blockage during your procedure.
An angioplasty procedure can take several hours to complete depending on the number of blockages you have. To keep you comfortable during the procedure, you can receive a sedative or general anesthesia.
If you have anesthesia, you can expect to spend time in recovery immediately following your procedure. Your physician may recommend an overnight stay in the hospital to monitor your heart activity and give you time to rest.
After discharge, you should avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting. Generally, you can resume your usual activities the week after angioplasty, and your provider can determine when it’s safe for you to start exercising and engaging in other activities.
You may need to take a blood-thinning medication daily after angioplasty for a period of time to prevent blood clots and other complications.
To find out if you’re a candidate for angioplasty, schedule a consultation at Comprehensive Vascular Care online or by calling the office nearest you today.