P E R C U T A N E O U S   T R A N S L U M I N A L
C O R O N A R Y   A N G I O P L A S T Y   (PTCA)
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Balloon angioplasty (percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty or PTCA) is widely used for treatment of the blockages of coronary artery disease. This procedure is relatively simple, with only a small incision in the groin needed to introduce the equipment. As shown above, the balloon is inflated to compress the plaque and enlarge the artery, and provide an adequate area for blood to flow through. To learn more about PTCA and similar procedures, read on.

©COPY;1997 HeartPoint    Updated July 97


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