Angioplasty and stenting is a treatment that is used to alleviate narrowings within the coronary arteries. It is performed under local anaesthetic either via the vessel in your wrist or your groin. Fine plastic tubes called catheters are introduced into the coronary arteries and a small balloon is usually used to gently stretch the narrowing from within the artery. Following this a stent is deployed which keeps the artery open by acting as a metal scaffolding.
You will normally be able to go home the same day or the morning after. Advice will be given on which tablets to take, including tablets to thin the blood for the first few months following deployment of the stent.
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