Why does one need an Angioplasty procedure?
Who needs an Angioplasty procedure?
If you have moderate to severe narrowing or blockage in one or more of your blood vessels.
You will have symptoms of artery disease, such as pain or ulceration, in one of your limbs.
How should you Prepare for an Angioplasty procedure?
Firstly, the doctor will assess your medical history and do a physical examination and tests, including a chest X-ray, electrocardiogram and blood tests to ascertain you are fit to undergo the procedure.
Once that is successfully done, you will be taken for an imaging test called a Coronary Angiogram to see if your blockages can be treated with Angioplasty. An Angiography helps in determining if the arteries to your heart are narrowed or blocked. In a Coronary Angiogram, liquid dye is injected into the arteries of your heart through a catheter - a long, thin tube that is fed through an artery from your groin, arm or wrist right up to arteries in your heart. As the dye enters your arteries, they become visible on a screen which helps the doctor to see where your arteries are blocked. If your doctor finds a blockage during your Coronary Angiogram, it is possible that he or she may decide to perform Angioplasty and stenting immediately after the angiogram, while your heart is still catheterized.
Follow any advice about regulating your present medications before the procedure. Your doctor may ask you to stop taking certain medications before angioplasty.
Also do not forget to inform your doctor about allergies as well as previous allergic reactions to dyes used in diagnostic investigations.
What is the outcome of Angioplasty procedure?
Angioplasty procedure widens the narrowed blood vessels.
It increases the flow of blood to the heart.
It decreases the risk of heart attack.
It reduces the symptoms ofangina.
It slows the process of coronary artery disease.
How much is the Recovery Time from Angioplasty Procedure?
Following the Angioplasty procedure, there must be an overnight stay for observation in the hospital.
After the Angioplasty procedure, you will need bed rest for a minimum of six hours.
You will be able to walk with the help of an assistant within 4 to 6 hours.
What are some Do's & Dont’s after Angioplasty procedure?
There has to be careful intake of prescribed medication by your doctor.
You should avoid any straining exercises for atleast 2 weeks..
Be sure to drink 8 to 10 glasses of clear fluids (Water is preferred).
While taking a shower, keep the surgical area clean and dry.
Do not use creams, lotions or ointment on the wound site.
Wear loose clothes.
For 3 to 4 days to prevent bleeding from thecatheter insertion site do not strain during bowel movements.
Life after Angioplasty
It's important to closely follow your doctor's advice on medications. You will be temporarily be put on blood thinners to allow free flow of supply to your coronary arteries. Do not stop any medication without checking with your interventional Cardiologist.
Changing to a heart healthy lifestyle - Post Angioplasty your chest pain would decrease significantly due to the increase of the blood flow through the previously narrowed or blocked coronary artery. You may be advised light exercises and lifestyle habits to maintain a healthy heart.
It is important to quit smoking, lower cholesterol levels and maintain a healthy weight. It is equally important to keep your diabetes and bp in check.
What is the Cost of an Angioplasty Procedure?
It may vary according to Hospital Standards and different stent choices. A USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Approved stent along with angioplasty procedure will cost around USD 3500 to 5000 depending on the patient’s cardiac condition and vital signs.
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