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Angioplasty can be an effective treatment options for patients with peripheral vascular disease, coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis. When plaque buildup blocks the flow of blood, angioplasty serves to compress the fatty tissue and allow blood to flow freely.

Angioplasty surgery typically begins with a thin tube that is inserted in the vein of the arm or the groin. This tube is guided through the veins to the place where blood flow is inhibited by plaque. A device, most commonly a balloon catheter, is expanded, forcing to compress against the artery wall and opening the blood vessel.

Angioplasty is commonly paired with stenting efforts to keep the artery open and reduce the likelihood of future narrowing of the same artery. Read more about stenting here. Angioplasty is not right for all vascular conditions. Depending on the vein affected by plaque buildup, other chronic conditions and the overall blood flow to the affected area, other surgical options such as atherectomy or coronary artery bypass surgery may be a more suitable option. Your vascular surgeon can recommend the best treatment options for you.

If you would like to find out if you may be a candidate for angioplasty surgery, please contact Cardiac Surgery Associates of Tampa online or by phone at 813.910.0027.