The heart is supplied by 3 major coronary arteries and their branches. Atherosclerosis produces discrete (confined) or scattered areas of blockage within a coronary artery. When the blockages are large enough, they reduce blood supply to heart muscle and produce angina.
Angioplasty is a technique used to dilate an area of arterial blockage with the help of a catheter that has an inflatable small sausage-shaped balloon at its tip.
Since the balloon catheter is introduced through the skin of the groin, and sometimes the arm (percutaneous = through the skin), is placed within a blood vessel (transluminal = in the channel or lumen of a blood vessel) and is applied in the treatment of coronary arteries, the technique is also called PTCA or Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty.
HSC Medical Center is a high volume center for Coronary Angiogram and PTCA/Stents (about 500 cases per year). All the cases were done mainly as outpatient and patient will be discharged on the same day but some of the cases were done as in-patient if clinically indicated.
Before doing the procedure, patient needs to be fasted for 6 to 8 hours.
PTCA/Stents to LAD
PTCA/Stent to LCx
PTCA/Stent to RCA
Typical timeline for patient undergoing out patient ptca/stenting in HSC Medical Center (click for more information)