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Angioplasty is a term derived from two words 'angio', a term relating to a blood vessels, and 'plasty' ,which means repair. Angioplasty is a procedure used to open up arteries that are blocked or narrowed due to plaque formation. This obstruction of blood vessels due to plaque is caused generally by atherosclerosis, deposition of cholesterol and other fatty substances on the walls of the arteries. The procedure helps to restore blood flow through the arteries. Angioplasty can be of different types depending on slight changes in the procedure. A common type of angioplasty is balloon angioplasty. In coronary angioplasty, a thin, flexible tube called catheter is inserted into the coronary artery. Another catheter which has a balloon at its tip is inserted at the site. The balloon is blown up to widen the arteries. A small tube (a stent) is left at the site to keep the artery wide open. In this section, you'll find detailed articles answering every question related to angioplasty like is angioplasty safe for older people, how long does the stent last after angioplasty and can drug therapy be as effective as angioplasty. You can also find interesting information like "sheathless” angiography less painful and ‘Vanishing stent’ – a latest advance in unblocking artery


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