Interventional Cardiology

Interventional Cardiology

Offering Life-Saving Procedures Right Here at Home

Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA)

Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) is a minimally invasive procedure where guide wires, catheters and stents are used to open blocked arteries within patients.

A needle is placed in the femoral artery in the leg, where a guide wire and catheter are introduced and pushed to the heart. The guide wire is removed and a dye is introduced through the catheter so an X-ray of the heart can be taken.

A balloon catheter then is introduced alongside another guide wire, and the obstructed areas within the arteries are opened to increase blood flow. A stent may also be introduced to keep the area from shrinking.

For more information, call the Heart Clinic at (706) 845-3274.

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