Percutaneous coronary intervention is a procedure used to treat narrowing of the coronary arteries of the heart found in coronary artery disease. During an angioplasty, a thin tube into a blood vessel will be advanced to the coronary arteries. A tiny balloon inside the clogged artery will inflate to reopen it. Often, a tiny mesh tube called a stent may be used to maintain patency.
Your doctor may recommend an angioplasty if you have coronary heart disease and/or have: 1) Chest pain that does not get better when you take medicines. 2) One or more heart arteries that are very narrow.
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