Cardiovascular disease

Coronary angioplasty

(Baloon angioplasty)

About Coronary angioplasty

If you have coronary artery disease, the arteries in your heart are narrowed or blocked by a sticky material called plaque. Angioplasty is a procedure to restore blood flow through the artery.

You have angioplasty in a hospital. The doctor threads a thin tube through a blood vessel in the arm or groin up to the involved site in the artery. The tube has a tiny balloon on the end. When the tube is in place, the doctor inflates the balloon to push the plaque outward against the wall of the artery. This widens the artery and restores blood flow.

Doctors may use angioplasty to

  • Reduce chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart
  • Minimize damage to heart muscle from a heart attack

Many people go home the day after angioplasty, and are able to return to work within a week of coming home.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Top Medications for Coronary angioplasty according to our users

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  • Aspirin
    Over-the-counter

    A low dose of Aspirin (81mg) every day can protect your heart, but it's not the best medicine to take for pain, swelling, or fever.

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  • Lovastatin
    Prescription only

    Mevacor (Lovastatin) can improve cholesterol, but it's not as strong as other statin medicines. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Pravastatin
    Prescription only

    Pravachol (Pravastatin) can improve cholesterol, but it's not as strong as other statin medicines. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Simvastatin
    Prescription only

    Zocor (Simvastatin) is a good medication to improve your cholesterol. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.

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    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
  • Plavix
    (Clopidogrel)
    Prescription only

    Plavix (Clopidogrel) works well to prevent blood clots and heart complications, but watch out for drug interactions.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill

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