Blood flow through a coronary artery can be improved by a procedure called balloon angioplasty, which reshapes the artery's inside wall. This procedure is explained in the patient education leaflet called "Coronary angioplasty - a guide for patients", available from your cardiac nurse or doctor.
After balloon angioplasty, your cardiologist may also insert a "stent" at the point of blockage to improve the diameter and strength of the artery. A stent helps to increase blood flow and reduces the risk of a recurring blockage. Stent placement also decreases the need for urgent coronary artery bypass graft surgery in case a major blockage has not responded to balloon angioplasty.
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