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Angioplasty Specialist

Heart Care Centers of Florida

Interventional Cardiologists located in Titusville, FL & New Smyrna Beach, FL & Merritt Island, Florida

If you’re one of the 18.2 million people in the United States with coronary artery disease, you may be a candidate for angioplasty to improve your cardiovascular health. At Heart Care Centers of Florida, the team offers angioplasty procedures to open blockages in your arteries. To find out if angioplasty is a treatment option for you, call the office nearest you in Titusville, New Smyrna Beach, or Merritt Island, Florida, today or book a consultation online.

Angioplasty Q & A

What is angioplasty?

Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure to open blocked blood vessels to improve your circulation.

The providers at Heart Care Centers of Florida may recommend an angioplasty if you have blockages in your blood vessels or cardiovascular conditions that cause narrowing in your vessels. These conditions may include:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Carotid artery stenosis

You may also need angioplasty if you have narrowing or blockages in the veins of your chest, abdomen, or limbs.

What happens during angioplasty?

During your angioplasty procedure, the providers at Heart Care Centers of Florida will give you medications to help you relax.

To locate the blockage within the vessel, your physician will inject a contrast dye into your artery and follow the dye as it travels through the vessel with real-time X-ray technology (fluoroscopy). The physicians will then guide a flexible tube (catheter) into the affected blood vessel using the assistance of fluoroscopy.

Once in place, the providers will gently inflate a tiny balloon attached to the end of the catheter. As the balloon inflates, it opens the blocked vessel so blood can flow freely. Your physician will then deflate the balloon and remove the catheter.

How long does it take to recover from angioplasty?

The providers at Heart Care Centers of Florida can often perform angioplasty procedures on an outpatient basis, so you can expect to go home the same day. Keep in mind, you may need to stay in the hospital for a night for observation, depending on the reason for the angioplasty.

You should drink plenty of water to flush the contrast dye out of your body. The physicians will also provide information about activities you should avoid in the hours after your procedure. That may include heavy lifting and high-impact exercise.

Many people return to work and other activities the day after angioplasty. The providers at Heart Care Centers of Florida will determine when you should schedule a follow-up visit to ensure the catheter insertion site is healing and there are no additional blockages in your blood vessels.

To learn more about the benefits of angioplasty, call the Heart Care Centers of Florida office nearest you today or schedule a consultation online.