Peripheral angioplasty is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked arteries. Peripheral refers to arteries other than those around the heart, such as in the legs, arms, stomach or kidneys. A thin tube, called a catheter, is used to open the artery. The catheter is passed into the narrowed artery with a tiny balloon attached; once the balloon is inflated and the arteries are open, blood can flow normally.
Consult your physician if you have questions about angioplasty or peripheral vascular disease.
The Cardiac Cath Lab at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital provides non-surgical procedures, such as angioplasty, to assist physicians in diagnosing various peripheral vascular and cardiopulmonary diseases, including:
- Cardiomegaly (enlarged heart)
- Cardiomyopathy (weakened heart muscle)
- Congenital defects
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart valve disease
- Peripheral vascular disease
The Cardiac Cath Lab is staffed with registered nurses, x-ray and cardiac technologists trained specifically for procedures performed in the Cath Lab.
The Lab is open Monday through Friday 7:00am to 4:00pm and is located on the 1st floor of Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.
To prep for this procedure please do not drink or eat anything after midnight the night before the test.
An angioplasty takes approximately one hour. However, please allow approximately 2 to 3 hours for recovery time. Also, please arrange for transportation home.