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Cardiologists can perform a percutaneous transluminal angioplasty to open blood vessels and arteries that are blocked by fatty deposits that can reduce blood flow. The procedure also reduces the risk that pieces of the fatty material may break off, forming clots and causing a heart attack or stroke.
We first will insert dye into your blood vessel or artery to inspect the blockage. Our doctors then will insert a balloon-type catheter into an artery in your groin or arm, push it to the blockage and inflate the balloon to squash the fatty deposits. Once blood flows freely, we will remove the catheter. If necessary, we will insert a stent, or mesh tube, to reinforce the artery.