During this procedure, doctors pass a catheter through an artery,
usually in the groin or wrist, to a blocked artery in the heart. This
catheter is equipped with a balloon that is briefly inflated at the site
of the blockage to open the coronary artery and restore blood flow to
the heart. In more than 98 percent of cases, Lankenau's door-to-balloon
time (time from when a patient enters the hospital’s emergency room to
the time when the blockage is cleared) is less than 90 minutes. This is
compared to the national average of 92.7 percent.
To keep the artery open, doctors may insert metal mesh stents into the
artery at the same time. These stents are often coated with a
slow-releasing mediation to keep the artery open.
A procedure to enlarge the opening in a blood vessel that has become
narrowed or blocked by plaque (a buildup of fat and cholesterol on the
inner wall of the blood vessel). Examples of angioplasty are balloon
angioplasty and laser angioplasty.
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