An angioplasty is an invasive medical procedure to open up a clogged artery and improve blood flow through that artery. See a more detailed description of the procedure in subsequent paragraphs below. Dr. Alberto Chavira in San Marcos, California, is a compassionate, skilled cardiologist with more than 20 years of experience performing angioplasty procedures. He has retired from Hospital work which included 100s of angioplasties. He has the experience and the knowledge to expertly determine whether you would benefit from an angioplasty or not. He has no vested interest in whether you should have an angioplasty or not. He is only interested in what is best for you. Call or use the online booking feature to schedule a consultation today.
An angioplasty is indicated when a comprehensive and aggressive medical therapy has not controlled your chest pains and your chest pains are interfering with your quality of life. When an angioplasty is right for you, the improvement in your quality of life can be substantial. Some patients have expressed to me that their angioplasty has given them “a new lease on life”.
Not all patients with coronary artery blockages will benefit from an angioplasty. That is why it is extremely important to determine if an angioplasty is right for you. If an angioplasty is not right for you, then there is little to no benefit to you and may cause harm. In spite of what you may have been told, angioplasties do not prevent heart attacks and do not prolong life. If you have coronary artery blockages which are NOT severe and do not put you at risk for a large heart attack or death, and your chest pains are controlled with medical therapy, then an angioplasty is NOT indicated.
If your evaluation reveals that you do have severe life-threatening coronary artery blockages, then coronary artery bypass surgery is indicated to prevent you from having a heart attack and to prolong your life. In this setting, an angioplasty will not reduce your risk of a heart attack or your risk of dying and may result in an unnecessary procedure that will keep you from receiving the correct life-saving procedure (coronary artery bypass grafting).
An angioplasty is performed by making a small incision in the skin over a blood vessel in your arm risk or more commonly in the groin (femoral artery) a small thin tube (catheter) is inserted through the incision and is guided to the origin of the artery. First, a balloon/stent catheter is placed across the blockage. Then the balloon/stent catheter is inflated and the artery is opened up. The stent helps keep the artery open. Usually, you can be discharged the same day or the following day. There usually is minimal to no pain during the procedure. The patient is sedated and usually has no awareness as the procedure is being done. Sometimes when the angioplasty has been done, the patient is not aware that the procedure is over.
If you would like more information or would like a consult to determine if an angioplasty is right for you, call Dr. Alberto Chavira or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment today.