Coronary angioplasty, also known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), is a procedure done to open clogged arteries. The procedure is often combined with the placement of a permanent stent, which is a small wire mesh tube that helps prop open the artery and decrease the chance of it narrowing again. This procedure, and others like it, is done without performing surgery by the cardiologists at Metro Heart & Vascular, who are board certified in emergent coronary interventions.
The goal of these treatments is to restore blood flow to the heart for persons who are experiencing a heart attack. A heart attack is the result of plaque build up in the coronary arteries (atherosclerosis). As plaque builds it blocks the flow of oxygen rich blood to the heart. During a heart attack one of these plaques can rupture, forming a blood clot which can further block blood flow through the artery. If blood flow can be restored in time, damage to the heart can be limited or prevented altogether.
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The specialists at Metro Heart & Vascular offer a full array of heart and vascular services. For more information or to schedule an appointment at any one of our six locations in the West Michigan area, call (616) 252-5950.